Enel official touts 400-MW Cimarron Bend project in Kansas

Enel Green Power North America’s (EGP-NA) 400-MW Cimarron Bend wind facility in Kansas is among the largest projects that started construction the second quarter, officials said during an American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) conference call on July 26.

Cimarron Bend will supply half of its power to Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, and half will go to Google, once completed.

“For EGP-NA, the first half of 2016 has been marked with rapid growth, including the announcement of more than 720 MW of new wind capacity under construction,” said Jack Thirolf, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for Enel Green Power North America.

“Not only are we seeing capacity growth, but also diversification of power purchasers as more commercial and industrial customers are attracted to the competitive pricing and long-term stability that clean wind energy can deliver,” Thirolf said.

The project represents a roughly $610m investment, Thirolf said.

Enel kicked off construction of the project this past April in Clark County, Kansas. The Cimarron Bend wind project was developed by Kansas based Tradewind Energy, a strategic partner of EGP-NA.

EGP-NA already owns and operates four wind projects in Kansas and is the largest owner and operator of wind in the state. With the announcement of the Cimarron Bend wind project, EGP-NA now owns projects representing more than 1 GW of renewable energy that required more than $1.7bn in overall investment.

EGP-NA, part of Enel Green Power, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 21 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.

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