Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”), through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), has started construction of of the Lindahl wind project, which will be Enel’s first project to be built in the state of North Dakota.
The wind project, which is owned by EGPNA subsidiary Lindahl Wind Project, LLC, will have a total installed capacity of 150 MW and once completed will be able to generate approximately 625 GWh annually – equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 50,000 U.S. households – while avoiding the emission of about 450,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
“Lindahl underlines the strength of Enel’s growth strategy in North America,” said Rafael Gonzalez, Head of North America Area for Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division, Enel Green Power. “The new wind farm also marks the Group’s entrance into a new state, North Dakota, further broadening our geographical footprint in the United States.”
The construction of Lindahl, which is expected to enter into service by 2017, will require an investment of over 220 million US dollars, in line with the Enel Group’s current strategic plan. All of the power and renewable energy credits from the Lindahl wind project will be sold under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement to Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Lindahl is the fourth Enel renewable energy project to start construction in the United States since the beginning of 2016, together with the 108 MW Drift Sand wind farm in Oklahoma, the 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind project in Kansas and the 150 MW Aurora solar power project in Minnesota.
EGPNA is present in 22 US states and two Canadian provinces with more than 2.5 GW of total installed capacity, of which over 2 GW comes from wind, 316 MW from hydro, 72 MW from geothermal and 29 MW from solar.
SOURCE: Enel Green Power (EGP)