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Commercial, Industrial, Utilities, Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  April 12, 2016

Google becomes 1st corporate offtaker of an Enel wind farm in North America

Google has signed a 200-MW bundled, long-term power purchase agreement for power and renewable energy credits from a 400-MW wind farm under construction in Kansas. 

Enel S.p.A. subsidiary Enel Green Power North America announced April 11 that it started construction on the Cimarron Bend facility; once completed, it will be the largest Enel wind farm in the world. It will be owned by a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America and is expected to enter into service in 2017. 

The facility also represents the first of Enel's North American wind farms to sell a portion of its power to a corporate off-taker, and according to the company's news release, will not be the last.

"This project marks a major milestone for Enel, as not only will Cimarron Bend be the largest asset in our portfolio, but it also opens our renewable energy to new partners and uses,” Francesco Venturini, head of Enel’s global renewable energies division, Enel Green Power, said in a statement. "As we continue to invest and grow in the U.S. we aim to cooperate with companies and partners that share the same vision for a more sustainable future.”

A separate, 200-MW bundled, long-term power purchase agreement associated with the facility was signed with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, which is a not-for-profit public utility.

Further details on the $610 million project from Enel: 

Once fully operational, Cimarron Bend will be able to generate around 1.8 TWh annually, providing enough energy to meet the annual consumption needs of more than 149,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of around 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 each year.

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