March 7 (Renewables Now) - The US renewables unit of Italian energy major Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) yesterday said it had started construction of a 300-MW wind power plant in Kansas.
Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) will invest approximately USD 400 million (EUR 322.2m) in the Diamond Vista wind farm, as the project is named, is located in Marion and Dickinson counties in Kansas.
Operations are expected to start by the end of 2018 and, once fully operational, Diamond Vista will generate around 1,300 GWh of electricity per year.
The wind farm's output has been contracted with three long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs). Global manufacturing company Kohler Co and City Utilities of Springfield have secured 100 MW each and 84 MW will supply the Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma.
In Kansas, Enel operates five other wind farms -- Smoky Hills I & II, Caney River, Buffalo Dunes and the company’s largest wind farm globally, the 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind farm. Diamond Vista will lift Enel's operational wind energy capacity in the state to 1,400 MW.
(USD 1 = EUR 0.81)