Enel Green Power North America announces start of construction of company’s largest wind project in the world

EGP-NA has joined with Governor Samuel Brownback and project partners to announce the start of construction of the Cimarron Bend wind project. The 400 MW wind project required an overall investment of approximately 610 billion USD and will have the largest capacity of any Enel wind asset in the company’s global portfolio.

“EGP-NA is proud to grow its presence in Kansas and to have the opportunity to do so with companies that share in the same vision for a renewable energy future,” said Rafael Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of EGP-NA. “Through this wind project we are able to deliver a clean source of renewable energy while also serving as a catalyst for local economic development and growth for the region.” The power and renewable energy credits from Cimarron Bend will be sold under two bundled, long-term power purchase agreements; one with Google and the other with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Cimarron Bend is the first of EGP-NA’s wind projects to sell a portion of the power produced to a corporate off-taker.

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 $1.7 billion in overall investment.

“This project represents a $610 million investment in Kansas and solidifies our reputation as a leader in energy development,” said Governor Brownback of Kansas. “The Cimarron Bend project will be one of the largest wind sites in Kansas, creating jobs and opportunity in Clark County and across the state.”

Cimarron Bend will produce 1.8 TWh annually providing enough energy to power the equivalent of more than 149,000 U.S. households and avoid the emission of about 1.3 million tons of CO2 each year.

“We are excited about this project on numerous fronts. Cimarron Bend will provide the lowest cost energy of any resource within our portfolio, it adds a great deal of price certainty to our energy needs, and it will provide our customers with some of the greenest energy anywhere in the country,” said Don Gray, General Manager of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

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