Enel Green Power (EGP), Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division, has made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time high 2,018 MW of new renewables’ capacity in the last 12 months. This record is a major achievement for EGP, which more than doubled its result from 2015, when just over 900 MW of capacity were built.
“This record confirms once again the incredible efforts made by the entire Enel Green Power team,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division. “It’s a team result that makes us extremely proud. The credit goes to everyone who worked selflessly and steadfastly to attain this success.”
In 2016, EGP completed many important renewable energy projects in wind, solar, and hydropower. In fact, the renewables capacity that entered into service in 2016 will allow Enel to avoid the emission of around 4.1 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year and will be able to satisfy the annual energy needs of around 1.8 million households.
On the wind side, this included the 129-MW Palo Alto and 100-MW Vientos del Altiplano wind farms in Mexico. In South Africa, more than 470 MW of solar and wind projects were completed, including the 88-MW Nojoli wind farm. And in Chile, another 382 MW of solar and wind power have been put online, adding up to a total of 542 MW.
Enel’s largest-ever wind power project, the 400-MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County, Kansas, is also worth celebrating — of which the first 200 MW have already been put online. Another 373 MW have also been completed across a number of different U.S. states.
EGP also makes the safeguarding of the environment and the rational use of resources the first priority of all its activities, starting from plant construction. For this reason it created the “sustainable worksite,” an innovative model in which each phase of construction is marked by close attention to sustainability: from the selection of materials and components to the environmentally friendly management of the worksite and waste, to the proper placement of the power plant in the landscape.