Enel S.p.A., through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA), has started construction of the 300 MW Rock Creek wind farm, the first Enel project to be built in Missouri.
The facility is owned by Rock Creek Wind Project LLC, an EGPNA subsidiary. Located in Atchison County, Rock Creek is expected to generate approximately 1,250 GWh annually once it reaches commercial operations. According to Enel, that’s the equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 100,000 U.S. households.
Through its own resources, Enel will be investing approximately $500 million into the project’s construction. The wind farm, which is expected to enter into service by the end of next year, will be Missouri’s largest wind project, according to Enel.
The facility’s renewable energy credits will be sold under two separate, bundled, long-term power purchase agreements with Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Co.
Rock Creek is one of six Enel renewable energy projects currently under construction in the U.S., along with the 108 MW Drift Sand wind farm in Oklahoma, the 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind project in Kansas, the 150 MW Aurora solar power project in Minnesota, the 150 MW Lindahl wind project in North Dakota and the 65 MW Chisholm View II wind project in Oklahoma.
EGPNA says it is now present in 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces for an installed capacity of more than 2.5 GW: 2,090 MW from wind, 316 MW from hydro, 72 MW from geothermal and 29 MW from solar.