Enel Green Power North America has started to construct a 299MW wind farm in North Dakota.
The $450 million Aurora wind facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020.
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Once fully operational, the facility will be able to generate approximately 1.3TWh annually while avoiding the emission of around 850,000 tons of carbon emissions per year
A portion of energy to be generated at the facility will be distributed to customers of local utility Basin Electric Power Cooperative for 23 years.
A total of 90MW, enough to power 1,500 retail stores, will be sold to Gap Inc. through a 12-year virtual PPA announced in August of this year. The energy is equivalent to around 50% of the electricity needs of the more than 3,300 stores operated by Gap Inc. worldwide. This electricity output is expected to total nearly 400GWh each year, equivalent to avoiding the emission of about 262,000 tons of CO2 per year.
The project brings Enel’s wind and solar capacity to 1.5GW and is the utility's second project in North Dakota.
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Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power, said: “The construction of Aurora demonstrates Enel Green Power’s strength as an integrated developer-builder-operator in North America, expanding our presence in key regions and providing flexible solutions tailored to help commercial customers achieve their sustainability goals.
“Given our expertise in renewables and the favourable long-term economic outlook for the sector, this project is another example of corporate and utility partnerships leveraging renewable energy for both its sustainable features and economic profitability.”
Enel Green Power operates in 25 US states and two Canadian provinces. The company has around 100 plants with a managed capacity of around 5 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy.