Enel begins operations at two more solar and wind projects, total 2019 capacity at 800 MW

Credit: Enel
Whitney Hill Wind Farm. Credit: Enel

Enel Green Power North America announced on December 30 that it had started operations at two renewable energy plants in the US with a total installed capacity of about 318 MW. The projects include the first 252-MW phase of the Roadrunner solar project in Texas and the 66-MW Whitney Hill wind project in Illinois.

The announcement followed the recent start of operations of 450 MW of the company’s High Lonesome wind farm in Texas bringing Enel’s total new renewable capacity added in the US in 2019 to nearly 800 MW. Enel said it has another 1 GW of renewable energy currently under construction across six projects.

The 497-MW Roadrunner solar project began construction in February and will be the largest operational solar farm in Texas upon completion of its second phase, expected in late 2020. Once fully operational, the project will sell its energy in a 65 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Mondelēz International and a 70 MW PPA with The Clorox Company.

The 66-MW Whitney Hill wind project is located in Logan County, Illinois, adjacent to the company’s 185-MW HillTopper wind farm that began commercial operation in December 2018. Both the Whitney Hill and HillTopper wind projects were developed by Swift Current Energy.

Enel Green Power has another six projects under construction including the second 245-MW phase of the Roadrunner solar project, the 236.5-MW White Cloud wind project in Missouri, the 299-MW Aurora wind project in North Dakota, the 50-MW expansion of the High Lonesome wind project in Texas and the 105-MW Riverview and 29.4-MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind projects, both in Alberta, Canada. Combined, these six projects represent nearly 1 GW of renewable capacity currently under construction by Enel Green Power in the US and Canada, all are expected to begin operations in 2020.

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