November 19 (Renewables Now) - Enel Green Power North America on Tuesday announced it has started building the 299-MW Aurora wind farm in the state of North Dakota.
The company, a unit of Italy’s Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL), estimates it needs to invest around USD 450 million (EUR 406.4m) to build the facility, scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2020.
Located in Williams and Mountrail counties, Aurora will be able to generate approximately 1.3 TWh annually and offset around 850,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
When fully operational, Aurora will sell the output of a 142-MW portion under a 23-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with local utility Basin Electric Power Cooperative. In turn, fashion giant Gap Inc (NYSE:GPS) will buy that of a 90-MW portion under a 12-year virtual PPA.
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