Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), a renewable energy subsidiary of Enel, has commenced construction of the 300MW Rock Creek wind farm in Missouri, US.

Located in Atchison County, Missouri, the $500m wind farm is expected to generate approximately 1,250GWh of power annually, required to meet the power needs of more than 100,000 US households.

Upon commissioning by the end of 2017, the plant, which will be owned by EGPNA subsidiary Rock Creek Wind Project, is expected to avoid CO2 emissions of about 900,000 tons each year.

The project, which is being financed through the Enel Group’s own resources, is one of six Enel’s renewable energy projects currently under construction in the US.

The other clean energy projects under construction include the 108MW Drift Sand wind farm in Oklahoma, the 400MW Cimarron Bend wind project in Kansas, the 150MW Aurora solar power project in Minnesota, the 150MW Lindahl wind project in North Dakota and the 65MW Chisholm View II wind project in Oklahoma.

Enel Group’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power North America Area head Rafael Gonzalez said: “The start of construction of yet another wind project in the US further solidifies our strong investment and growth in the US market.

“Enel is thrilled to be contributing to Missouri’s growing wind economy and we look forward to building, owning and operating a wind project that will be a catalyst for creating jobs and delivering significant economic benefits to the local community.”

The power and renewable energy credits from the wind power plant will be sold to Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (GMO) under two separate bundled, long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Image: Enel currently has six clean energy projects under construction in the US. Photo: courtesy of Enel Green Power S.p.A.