November 14 (Renewables Now) - Italian utility Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) said today it has started operations at the 300-MW Rock Creek wind farm in the US state of Missouri.
The USD-500-million (EUR 425m) wind power plant, located in Atchison County, was completed almost two months ahead of schedule, Enel said. Expected to produce about 1,250 GWh per year, the facility is selling its power and renewable energy credits under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Co (GMO).
Rock Creek is the Italian company's first project in Missouri and brings the state's operating wind capacity to almost 1 GW, according to the announcement.
Enel announced the start of construction of the wind park in October last year. In May this year it inked a USD-365-million tax equity deal for the project with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM).
The wind farm is owned by Rock Creek Wind Project LLC, a subsidiary of Enel's US-based renewables unit Enel Green Power North America Inc.
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