Enel Group’s US-based renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has started construction of the 320MW Rattlesnake Creek windfarm in Nebraska.
To be developed with a cost of around $430m, the facility represents Enel Group’s new investment plan outlined in the company’s current strategic plan.
Following completion, 200MW of the facility’s total power capacity will be sold to global social networking service provider Facebook under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement.
Facebook will use the renewable electricity to power its new data centre in Nebraska, which is located nearly 120 miles from the wind project.
Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “This project consolidates our growing presence in the US as our company enters a new state and expands our business with new partners.”
EGPNA purchased Rattlesnake Creek windfarm from its strategic development partner Tradewind Energy.
The facility is expected to generate roughly 1.3 TWh of energy annually once fully operational.
The resulting output will meet the equivalent annual consumption of more than 105,000 US households and will help reduce around 940,000t of carbon dioxide emissions each year.