Enel Green Power's Origin Wind Farm in Oklahoma
Photo by Tim Nauman
Enel Green Power last week began construction on its seventh Oklahoma wind project.
Drift Sand wind farm in Grady County will have a total installed capacity of 108 MW and be capable of generating more than 480 GWh of energy annually.
The project is expected to cost about $180 million and be complete by the end of 2016. The renewable energy credits from Drift Sand will be sold under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement.
“With the start of yet another construction site we continue to solidify our company’s ongoing investment in the U.S.,” said Francesco Venturini, CEO and general manager of Enel Green Power. “Looking to the future, EGP is well positioned to be a leading player in the ongoing growth in the renewable energy market in the U.S. We will play an active role through the implementation of our business strategy, which is focused on technology diversification, innovation and development of strategic partnerships.”
Enel Green Power operates six wind farms in Oklahoma with nearly 1 GW of total operating capacity. The company has invested about $1.7 billion and created nearly 1,500 construction jobs in the process.