January 3 (Renewables Now) - Italian energy giant Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) has put into operation the 252-MW first phase of the Roadrunner solar photovoltaic (PV) plant and the 66-MW Whitney Hill wind park, both in the US.
Located in Logan County, Illinois, Whitney Hill is expected to generate around 246 GWh annually, enough to offset approximately 161,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year, the company said today.
The 245-MW second phase of the 497-MW Roadrunner PV facility in Upton County, Texas, is expected to be finalised in late 2020. Once fully operational, the solar park should be able to produce some 1,200 GWh annually, while avoiding 785,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Roadrunner has a 65-MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Mondelez International and a 70-MW PPA with The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX).
In December, Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) also switched on its 450-MW High Lonesome wind park and signed a 20.6-MW PPA with Danone North America to be served by a new 50-MW expansion of said plant.
Enel has roughly 1 GW of renewable energy plants under construction in the North American country, it noted.