Enel starts operations of 450MW wind farm in US
Published: 2 January 2020 - Carly Wills
Enel has started operations of its 450 MW High Lonesome wind farm in Upton and Crockett Counties, in Texas, the largest operational wind project in the group’s global renewable portfolio.
Enel also signed a 12 year, renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with food and beverage company Danone North America, for physical delivery of the renewable electricity associated with 20.6 MW, leading to an additional 50MW expansion of High Lonesome that will increase the plant’s total capacity to 500MW. The construction of the 50MW expansion is currently underway and operations are due to start in the first quarter of 2020.
“The start of operations of Enel’s largest wind farm in the world marks a significant achievement for our company and reinforces our global commitment to accelerated renewable energy growth,” said Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power. “This milestone is matched with a new partnership with Danone North America to support their renewable goals, a reinforcement of our continued commitment to provide customers with tailored solutions to meet their sustainability goals.”
The agreement between Enel and Danone North America will provide enough electricity to produce the equivalent of almost 800 million cups of yogurt and over 80 million gallons of milk each year, and support the food and beverage company’s commitment to securing 100 per cent of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
Mariano Lozano, president and CEO of Danone North America added: “This is an exciting and significant step as we continue to advance our 2030 renewable electricity goals. As a public benefit corporation committed to balancing the needs of our business with those of society and the planet, we truly believe that this agreement makes sense from both a business and sustainability point of view. We’re delighted to be working with Enel Green Power to expand their High Lonesome wind farm and grow the renewable electricity infrastructure here in the US.”