Enel kicks off construction of 108-MW Drift Sand wind project in Oklahoma

Enel Green Power S.p.A. (EGP) said Jan. 15 that it has started construction of its 108-MW Drift Sand wind project in Oklahoma, which is due for completion by the end of this year.

The wind farm is owned by Drift Sand Wind Project LLC, a subsidiary of Enel Kansas LLC held by Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA).

“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.”

The construction of Drift Sand requires an investment of approximately $180 million. The project is financed through the Enel Green Power Group’s own resources. All of the power and renewable energy credits from Drift Sand will be sold under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement with an unnamed party, said Enel.

The Drift Sand project is located in Grady County, Oklahoma. EGP-NA operates six wind farms in Oklahoma, with a total capacity of close to 1 GW.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) said in May 2015 that it had secured a long-term agreement to purchase 108 MW of wind energy from the planned Drift Sand Wind Farm in Oklahoma. This project is scheduled to be in service by Dec. 31, 2016, the cooperative said. “AECC will be the sole recipient of energy from this wind farm,” said Duane Highley, president and chief executive officer of AECC. “Collectively, AECC will have more than 309 megawatts of wind energy once the new wind farm is commercially launched.”

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, Africa and Asia. The company has an installed capacity of more than 10,000 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass. The company has about 740 plants operating in 16 countries.

Enel Green Power operates in North America through Enel Green Power North America, which owns and operates over 95 plants in 21 U.S. States and two Canadian provinces. As of this point, the company has a total installed capacity of more than 2,300 MW.

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