By Editors of Power Engineering
Enel Green Power North America announced it has started operations at two Oklahoma wind facilities that total nearly 600 MW.
The facilities include the $435 million, 298-MW Thunder Ranch facility in Garfield, Kay and Noble counties and the $420 million, 300-MW Red Dirt facility in Kingfisher and Logan counties. With the new activations, Enel has become the largest operator in the state with more than 1,700 MW of capacity in 10 facilities.
Thunder Ranch has a 55 kWh rooftop solar system powering its operations and maintenance building. Approximately 152.5 MW of power generated by the turbines is purchase by Anheuser-Busch.
Red Dirt sells 160 MW of its power to T-Mobile and 140 MW to the Grand River Dam Authority, which will in turn sell that power to Google.
“We are extremely pleased about becoming the largest wind operator in the state of Oklahoma with the completion of both Thunder Ranch and Red Dirt,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power. “This milestone is testament to our continued investment in the US energy market, which is strategic for Enel Green Power. We are growing our US footprint through traditional avenues such as organic development and small-scale acquisitions, boosted by more innovative and diversified solutions such as the ‘Build, Sell and Operate’ model and the sale of energy to corporate customers.”
In Oklahoma, in addition to Thunder Ranch and Red Dirt, the company already manages the wind farms Rocky Ridge (150 MW), Chisholm View I & II (300 MW in total), Origin (150 MW), Osage Wind (150 MW), Little Elk (74 MW), Goodwell (200 MW) and Drift Sand (108 MW). The company’s overall investment in Oklahoma amounts to more than 2.7 billion US dollars since 2012.