Enel S.p.A., through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), has started construction of the 300-MW Red Dirt wind farm in the U.S. The wind facility, owned by EGPNA subsidiary Red Dirt Wind Project, LLC, will be located in Kingfisher and Logan Counties in Oklahoma.
Once completed, Red Dirt will be able to generate approximately 1,200 GWh of renewable energy annually – equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 97,000 U.S. households – while avoiding the emission of about 860,000 tonnes of CO2 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 US, Inc. for 160 MW, and the other with the Grand River Dam Authority for 140 MW of the wind facility.
The overall investment in the construction of Red Dirt amounts to approximately $420 million, which is part of the investment outlined in Enel’s current strategic plan, and is financed through the Enel Group’s own resources.
Since EGPNA entered the Oklahoma wind market in 2012, the company has experienced a near 10-fold increase in capacity in the state, increasing its wind portfolio to now nearly 1,500 MW from 150 MW.
EGPNA’s other projects in Oklahoma include:
- 150-MW Rocky Ridge in Kiowa and Washita Counties
- 300-MW Chisholm View I and II in Grant and Garfield Counties
- 150-MW Origin in Murray, Carter, and Garvin Counties
- 150-MW Osage Wind in Osage County
- 200-MW Goodwell in Texas County
- 74-MW Little Elk in Kiowa and Washita Counties
- 108-MW Drift Sand in Grady County.