April 9 (Renewables Now) - Italian utility Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) announced today it has broken ground on the 185-MW HillTopper wind farm in the US state of Illinois.
The project, being Enel's first wind power facility in the state, already has two power purchase agreements (PPAs) to sell a portion of its output to media group Bloomberg LP and General Motors Co (NYSE:GM).
Located in Logan County, HillTopper will require an investment of about USD 325 million (EUR 264m). It is scheduled to commence operations by the end of 2018. Once fully operational, the wind plant should be able to generate around 570 GWh annually.
Bloomberg has signed a deal for a 17-MW portion of the plant, which will help the media company reach its 2025 goal for 100% renewable energy. GM, in turn, will be buying the power from a 100-MW portion of HillTopper, meeting the entire energy demand of the company's Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities.
Currently, Enel has more than 1.2 GW of capacity in its corporate offtaker portfolio in the country.
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