Enel Green Power North America today announced it started constructing five new renewable energy projects in the US. Additionally, Enel will add 57 MW battery storage systems to two operational projects in Texas.
In fact, the new wind, solar and hybrid projects announced today are located in Texas, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Also, they represent over 1.5 GW of new capacity and 319 MW of battery storage capacity.
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Enel Green Power North America on expanding its presence in the US
Today, Enel announced that its US renewable subsidiary, Enel Green Power North America, started construction on five new renewable energy projects in the US. Those projects are Roseland solar + storage, Blue Jay solar + storage, Ranchland wind + storage, Alta Farms wind project, and Rockhaven wind project.
Additionally, Enel will add 57 MW battery storage systems to two operational projects in Texas. In fact, those projects are the High Lonesome wind farm and Roadrunner solar farm.
In this regard, Salvatore Bernabei, CEO of Enel Green Power and Head of Enel’s Global Power Generation business line, said: “The American transition to clean energy is unstoppable, and Enel Green Power North America is playing a leading role.”
Therefore, “with more than 2 GW now under construction in the United States, more than ever before, we are creating value. Mainly with communities, partners, and our entire value chain. Thus, helping meet the ambitious clean energy targets of policymakers and businesses alike.”
Overall, the five new projects under construction will generate over 4.1 TWh of renewable electricity per year, equivalent to avoiding 2.5 million tons of CO2 emissions —also enough to power over 525,000 US households annually.
Moreover, the five new projects are expected to generate around 450 million US dollars in tax revenue for local communities over their lifetime.
Also, Enel Green Power North America expects to create 1,500 construction jobs. Furthermore, With these projects, the Company currently has over 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction. Finally, by mid-year, it will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under construction.
The projects in Texas
Regarding Enel’s projects for Texas, at 639.6 MW1, Roseland will be the company’s largest solar plant in the US and Canada. Besides, it will be paired with a 59 MW2 battery storage system.
Moreover, Roseland is located in Falls County. Enel Green Power North America expects this project to achieve commercial operation in the second half of 2022.
Similarly, in Grimes County, Texas, the Blue Jay solar + storage project will pair a 270 MW3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. This, with a 59 MW4 battery storage system. Accordingly, the company expects the project to begin operations by the end of 2021.
Callahan and Eastland counties Ranchland wind + storage project will be a 263 MW wind farm. In fact, it will be paired with an 875 MW battery system. Hence, Enel expects to begin operations in the project in the first quarter of 2022.
Additionally, the company plans to retrofit its 500 MW High Lonesome wind farm and 497 MW Roadrunner solar farm. Both farms are located in West Texas. Therefore, the company will do it with a 57 MW battery storage system at each plant, with construction expected to begin this summer.
In total, Enel Green Power has six projects under construction in Texas, representing 2 GW of new generating capacity. Also, around 600 MW of battery storage.
The Oklahoma projects
On the other hand, the 200MW Alta Farms wind project in DeWitt County, Oklahoma, is expected to begin operations in the second half of 2022.
Similarly, Enel started construction on the 140 MW Rockhaven wind project in Garvin and Carter counties. In fact, this project is adjacent to the Origin wind farm, which the company has operated since 2015. Accordingly, the project is expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2021.
Finally, Enel is currently constructing three other renewables + storage hybrids in Texas. For instance, including the Lily solar + storage, Azure Sky solar + storage, and Azure Sky wind + storage projects.