Enel Green Power begins building 100-MW wind project in Mexico

Enel Green Power (EGP) said July 14 that it has begun construction of the 100-MW Vientos del Altiplano project, which is its first wind farm in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

The power plant, which is owned by Vientos del Altiplano S. de R.L., a subsidiary of Enel Green Power Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V,  will have a total installed capacity of 100 MW and will be built in the municipalities of Mazapil and Villa de Cos. Once fully operational, Vientos del Altiplano, made up of 50 turbines of 2 MW each, will be able to generate more than 280 GWh each year.

EGP will be investing a total of approximately $220 million in the construction of Vientos del Altiplano, in line with the growth targets set out in the company’s current business plan. The investment will be financed through EGP Group resources. The project, which is expected to be completed and put online by the second half of 2016, is supported by long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).

In Mexico, Enel Green Power has an installed capacity of around 400 MW, of which 346 MW is from wind power and 53 MW from hydro.

Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company fully dedicated to the international development and management of renewable energy sources, with operations in Europe, the Americas and Africa.  Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix that provides generation volumes well over the sector average. As of July 14, the company has an installed capacity of more than 9,800 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass. The company has about 740 plants operating in 15 countries.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.