Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has started commercial operations at the 150MW Lindahl wind farm in North Dakota, US.

The $220m wind farm is equally owned by the joint venture between EGPNA and General Electric’s GE Energy Financial Services.

It is expected to produce about 625GWh of power a year, enough to power about 50,000 US households and can help to offset about 450,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Electricity generated from the wind farm and the associated renewable credits will be sold under a bundled and long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) to Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Though Lindahl is the first wind farm in North Dakota, it is the second wind farm from EGPNA to have started operations this year in the US, the first being the 400MW Cimarron Bend wind farm, which began operations in the end of March.

EGPNA head Rafael Gonzalez said: “The completion of Lindahl furthers our strong growth in the US.

“We are proud to be a part of growing North Dakota’s energy economy and look forward to contributing our expertise and clean energy to the sustainable development of the local community.”

Recently, construction process at the 300MW Red Dirt wind farm began in the state of Oklahoma. The wind farm is expected to be put into service by the end of this year and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 97,000 US homes, while avoiding 860,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

The Italian energy company is also actively constructing several solar plants in Latin American countries including Panama, Mexico and other countries.

Image: Enel begins construction of 150MW wind farm in North Dakota, US. Photo: Courtesy of Steve Ralston/FreeImages.com.