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June 28 (Renewables Now) - Enel Russia (MCX:ENRU), a unit of Italian energy giant Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL), has officially opened its 90-MW Azovskaya wind farm in Russia’s Rostov region.
An inauguration ceremony was held last week, while the power plant’s turbines started spinning at the beginning of May. The project was realised at a total cost of EUR 135 million (USD 161.3m), the bulk of which came from the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB).
Spread across 133 hectares (328.6 acres) in Azov, the wind farm uses 26 turbines that are expected to generate about 320 GWh of clean electricity per year. Their output is being sold on the wholesale electricity and capacity market, with Enel receiving a 100% capacity payment from June 1.
Azovskaya is one of three wind projects that Enel is implementing in Russia. The company is currently working on the 201-MW Kolskaya and the 71-MW Rodnikovksya projects in Murmansk and Stavropol, respectively.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.194)