Multinational power company Enel started construction of the Red Dirt wind farm with a total installed capacity of 300 megawatts, in Oklahoma in the United States, Enel announced Tuesday.
The overall investment in the construction of Red Dirt amounts to approximately $420 million, which Enel is conducting through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), according to the company's statement.
The wind facility, which is owned by EGPNA's subsidiary Red Dirt Wind Project, LLC, will be located in Kingfisher and Logan Counties in Oklahoma, the press release said.
According to Enel, once completed the farm will be able to generate approximately 1,200 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy annually, equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 97,000 U.S. households while avoiding emissions of about 860,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
The energy and renewable energy credits from Red Dirt, which is expected to enter into service by the end of 2017, will be sold under two long-term agreements, one with T-Mobile U.S. for 160 megawatts and the other with the Grand River Dam Authority for 140 megawatts of wind facility, the press release revealed.
EGPNA, part of the Renewable Energies division of the Enel Group, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with plants operating and under development in 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA operates around 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 3.2 gigawatts powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy.
By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu