Massachusetts, United States & Rome, Italy [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] NRG Energy Inc. and Enel North America Inc. (ENA), a subsidiary of Enel Green Power have closed an agreement for the sale of NRG’s terrestrial wind development company, Padoma Wind Power LLC, to ENA.
Based in La Jolla, California, Padoma is developing about 4,000 megawatts (MW) of potential projects in California which, once built, will help the state meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard target of 33% of retail sales from eligible renewable energy resources by 2020.
Enel North America will retain the entire Padoma development team and the current Padoma development pipeline in California and Texas (Padoma Projects). NRG is maintaining its existing ownership interest in its three Texas wind farms—Sherbino, Elbow Creek and Langford—totaling almost 350 MW of electricity.
The two companies also reached a more general co-investment agreement. NRG will retain a Right of First Offer should ENA seek an equity partner in the Padoma Projects. In addition to that, ENA and NRG will evaluate joint venture opportunities in wind as well as other renewable energy projects in North America.
“Padoma’s current pipeline in California and the experience of its development team will further strengthen our position in the United States and provide us with solid opportunities to grow in attractive markets in the future,” said Francesco Starace, president of Enel Green Power. “Padoma adds depth to our North American development capabilities and provides key geographical diversification to our wind pipeline.”