Enel, through its renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America, has begun operating an expansion of the Texas High Lonesome wind farm with an installed capacity of 50 MW, increasing the total capacity of the project to 500 MW, expanding the park leading to total investment $ 720 million, and connected the 105 MW and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada, to the grid, and the total investment for the two projects in Canada amounts to over 210 million Canadian dollars.
“Enel, through its renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America, has begun operating a 50 MW expansion of the High Lonesome wind farm in Upton and Crockett counties, Texas, increasing to 500 MW the largest operational wind project in its portfolio. The company has also connected to the grid the 105 MW and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada, “the group said.
The investment in the construction of the 500 MW High Lonesome wind farm in Texas amounts to approximately 720 million dollars. The total investment in the Castle Rock Ridge II and Riverview projects amounts to over 210 million Canadian dollars.
“The commissioning of these three new wind farms is further evidence that the Enel group continues its commitment to increase its global renewable energy portfolio. This commitment was also underlined by the completion of more than 400 MW in global renewable energy generation projects in the first quarter of the year, enabling renewable energy to far exceed conventional energy in our portfolio, both in terms of capacity and production. In the future, we will continue to generate sustainable value through our global zero-emission energy, in line with the group ‘s Strategic Plan, “said Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power.
The 500 MW High Lonesome Park will produce around 1.9 TWh annually, also avoiding the emission of more than 1.2 million tons of CO2 per year. The project was expanded by the 50 MW that has just been connected to the grid following a 12-year renewable energy purchase agreement (PPA), announced in December 2019 together with the food and beverage company Danone North America, a public benefit company, for the delivery of electricity associated with a portion of 20.6 MW of the 50 MW expansion of the High Lonesome park.
The agreement between Enel and Danone North America will provide enough electricity to produce the equivalent of nearly 800 million glasses of yogurt and more than 300 million liters of milk each year and will support the food and beverage manufacturer’s commitment to electricity purchased in the proportion of 100% from renewable sources by 2030.
In Texas, Enel currently operates the 63 MW Snyder Wind Farm in Scurry County and the first 252 MW phase of the Roadrunner Photovoltaic Park in Upton County. The second 245 MW phase of the Roadrunner photovoltaic plant is currently under construction. Once completed, Roadrunner will be one of the largest solar power plants in the state.
Castle Rock Ridge II and Riverview wind farms will provide net renewable electricity generation and related loans to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) through two 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreements (RESAs) in 2017. through a tender launched by AESO.
Located in the city of Pincher Creek, the wind farms will generate approximately 493 GWh annually, avoiding emissions of approximately 335,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year. In Canada, Enel Green Power also operates the 76.2 MW Castle Rock Ridge I wind farm in Pincher Creek, which began operations in 2012, with a portfolio of wind farms with a total installed capacity of over 210 MW in this country.
The construction process for High Lonesome, Riverview, and Castle Rock Ridge II followed Enel Green Power’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, a collection of good practices designed to minimize the impact of the facility’s construction on the environment. This includes recycling paper, cardboard, aluminum, ink cartridges, oil, and Vaseline, along with the use of solar-powered lights and reusable water containers for workers.
“In the final stages of construction, Enel closely monitored the Covid-19 pandemic and took measures to protect the health of workers and the community. Following the guidelines issued by officials, the company implemented strict travel guidelines and better sanitation.” “While the work teams have implemented safe work procedures and physical deterrence measures. Also, Enel North America has announced more than the US $ 1.3 million for contributions to US and Canadian relief efforts,” the group said.
Enel Green Power has three projects under construction in the United States, namely the 236.5 MW White Cloud wind farm in Missouri, the 299 MW Aurora wind farm in North Dakota, and the second mentioned stage of the Texas Roadrunner solar project. These projects are a significant part