Enel’s 400 MW Cimarron Bend Wind Farm Powers Up In Kansas

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017 No Comments
Categories : Projects & Contracts

Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA), a subsidiary of Italy-based Enel S.p.A., has officially brought online the second and final half of its 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind farm, located in Clark County, Kan.

The power from Cimarron Bend is being sold under two bundled, long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs): one with Google and one with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

The PPA with Google began at the end of 2016 when the first 200 MW of the wind farm began service, and the PPA with the Kansas BPU has just begun for the other 200 MW of the project.

Cimarron Bend represents the largest wind farm in Enel’s global portfolio. The facility, whose construction required a total investment of approximately $610 million, is owned by EGPNA Renewable Energy Partners LLC, an equally owned joint venture between EGPNA and GE Energy Financial Services.

According to EGPNA, Cimarron Bend can generate around 1.8 TWh per year – providing enough energy to meet the annual consumption needs of more than 149,000 U.S. households and avoiding the emissions of around 1.3 million metric tons of CO2 each year.

“We are pleased to announce the entry into service of this major wind farm, which is also the first in Enel’s U.S. portfolio to generate energy for a corporate off-taker,” states Rafael Gonzalez, head of EGPNA.

EGPNA owns four additional wind farms in Kansas – Caney River (200 MW), Smoky Hills I and II (250 MW combined), and Buffalo Dunes (250 MW) – totaling 1.1 GW of operating capacity and representing more than $1.7 billion in investment made in the state.

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