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Enel Green Power commissions 184.4 MW of wind farms in N America

The High Lonesome wind farm in Texas, US. Image supplied by Enel Green Power.

May 21 (Renewables Now) - Enel Green Power North America Inc on Thursday said its 50-MW expansion to the High Lonesome wind farm in Texas and two wind farms in Alberta, Canada had been connected and are now generating electricity.

The installed capacity of High Lonesome now reaches 500 MW and the expanded wind farm is expected to generate around 1.9 TWh per year. The entire project involved an investment of USD 720 million (EUR 655.9m), the renewables unit of Italian energy giant Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) said.

The High Lonesome expansion was enabled by a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with food and beverage company Danone North America for 20.6 MW of the 50-MW addition.

In Canada, Enel Green Power connected the 105-MW Riverview and the 29.4-MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms, which required over CAD 210 million (USD 151m/EUR 137.6m) to build.

The wind farms operate under two 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreements (RESAs) with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the grid manager for Alberta province. The RESAs were awarded in 2017 through a tender launched by the AESO, which will now receive a supply of the wind farms’ net power output and renewable energy credits.

The two wind farms will generate around 493 GWh annually, Enel Green Power estimates.

The company is currently building three projects in the US -- the 236.5-MW White Cloud and the 299-MW Aurora wind projects located in Missouri and North Dakota, respectively. Also under construction is the 245-MW second phase of the Roadrunner solar project in Texas. The first Roadrunner is a solar park of 252 MW of installed capacity.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.911)

(CAD 1.0 = USD 0.72/EUR 0.66)

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