Enel Green Power adding 199 MW to Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas
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Renewables developer Enel Green Power has started building the 199-MW expansion of its Cimarron Bend wind farm in the US state of Kansas.
The USD-281-million (EUR 250.7m) project will add 74 new turbines to 400 MW of the wind farm’s existing capacity.
The construction works taking place in Clark County are due to wrap up by the end of 2020. Once finalised, the 599-MW Cimarron Bend will be the largest wind farm in Enel’s North American portfolio, the Italian energy giant said.
The expansion will generate electricity under two bundled power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Local utility Evergy Inc (NYSE:EVRG) has a PPA in place for a 150-MW portion. A Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) joint action agency, the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC), will off-take the output from a 30-MW portion under a 12-year bundled PPA, Enel said.
Cimarron Bend in its current form was built in two phases which started operations in 2016 and 2017. The wind farm's output is sold to Google LLC and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) under bundled long-term PPAs.
Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) said its green power unit is constructing close to 1 GW of new wind and solar projects across the US and Canada in 2020. Among them are the 245-MW second phase of the Roadrunner solar farm in Texas, the 236.5-MW White Cloud wind project in Missouri and the 299-MW Aurora wind project in North Dakota.
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