Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA) is nearing the 1,000 MW mark for wind power development in Oklahoma after starting with the construction of its 150-MW Rocky Ridge project four years ago.
Enel said in a Sept. 22 news release that it is now the second largest owner and operator of wind power in Oklahoma. In addition, a couple more wind projects, Chisholm View II and Drift Sand, are scheduled to enter operation by the end of the year, Enel said.
The Drift Sand and Chisholm View II projects mark ENEL’s 7th and 8th wind projects in Oklahoma. With these additions, EGP-NA will achieve more than 1 GW of wind capacity in Oklahoma.
This is equivalent to enough wind energy to power nearly 400,000 Oklahoma households and help avoid the emission of more than two million tons of CO2 annually, the company said.
The 1 GW milestone also represents nearly $2bn of investment in the state, the creation of over 1,600 construction jobs and over 80 full-time positions and millions of dollars of increased tax revenue for each of the communities where the projects are located, Enel said.
EGP-NA’s eight wind projects in Oklahoma include:
•Rocky Ridge Wind Project, located in Kiowa and Washita Counties, started operations in 2012, and it has a total installed capacity of 148 MW.
•Chisholm View Wind Project, in Garfield and Grant Counties, started operations in 2012, and it has a total Installed capacity of 235 MW.
•Origin Wind Project, in Carter, Garvin and Murray Counties, started operation in 2014, total installed capacity: 150 MW
•Osage County started operations in 2015, total installed capacity is 150 MW.
•Goodwell Wind Project, Texas County, started operation in 2014, total installed capacity: 200 MW; and,
•Little Elk Wind Project, in Kiowa and Washita Counties, started operations in 2015; and it has a total installed capacity of 74 MW.
The company is an affiliate of Enel S.p.A.