Enel, via its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has started construction of the 400MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in the US.

Situated in Clark County, Kansas, the facility is owned by EGPNA’s subsidiary Cimarron Bend Wind Project.

The wind farm, which is expected to cost about $610m, will be capable of generating 1.8TWh of energy per year, enough to power 149,000 homes in US.

The wind farm is expected to start services by 2017. It is estimated to reduce 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities will each buy 200MW of energy from the facility under long-term power purchase agreements.

Enel Green Power head Francesco Venturini said: "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."

"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."

EGPNA already owns and operates four wind farms in Kansas and is the largest operator in the state’s wind sector with a total operating capacity of nearly 1 GW.

The company is present in 21 US states and two Canadian provinces with a total installed capacity of over 2.5GW.