Enel S.p.A., through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), has started construction of the Thunder Ranch wind farm in the U.S. which, once completed, will have a total installed capacity of 298 MW.
The overall investment in the construction of Thunder Ranch amounts to approximately $435 million, which is part of the investment outlined in Enel’s current strategic plan, and will be financed through the Enel Group’s own resources.
The wind facility, which is owned by EGPNA subsidiary Thunder Ranch Wind Project and located in Garfield, Kay, and Noble Counties, Oklahoma, is expected to enter into service by the end of 2017.
Once fully operational, Thunder Ranch will be able to generate more than 1,100-GWh annually – equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 89,400 U.S. households – while avoiding the emission of about 790,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. The wind farm will be supported by long-term agreements for the sale of power and renewable energy credits.
Enel currently ranks as the second largest wind energy operator in Oklahoma, where it recently started construction at its new 300 MW Red Dirt wind project. The company already operates the wind farms Rocky Ridge (150-MW), Chisholm View I & II (300-MW in total), Origin (150-MW), Osage Wind (150-MW), Little Elk (74-MW), Goodwell (200 MW), and Drift Sand (108-MW) for a total managed capacity of more than 1.1-GW and overall investment of nearly $2 billion.