Lincoln, Kansas [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Enel SpA, through its subsidiary Enel North America, Inc., has announced the completion of a 101-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Kansas. The Smoky Hills Phase I project will produce energy sufficient to power more than 37,000 average Kansas homes annually and it is the largest operating wind project ever set up by Enel.
The Smoky Hills I project, located 140 miles west of Topeka, uses 56 Vestas V80 1.8-MW wind turbines. The project, developed by TradeWind Energy LLC, is owned by Smoky Hills Wind Farm, LLC which became a subsidiary of Enel in 2007, is now delivering wind power to three local utilities: Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Midwest Energy, Inc., and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.
“This project is the result of a solid development and construction team, an excellent site and, most importantly, strong local support by our neighbors in Lincoln and Ellsworth counties. Our goal is to exceed 400 MW of wind installed capacity in North America by year end and to expand further our pipeline of new greenfield wind sites,” said Toni Volpe, Enel North America CEO.