Enel Green Power SpA (Enel Green Power), a new subsidiary of Enel SpA, has started operations of its wind power plants at Acquaspruzza 2 and Monterosso in Molise, Italy. The new plants comprise 42 wind towers, with a total installed capacity of 39 megawatt (MW). The output is expected to total around 88 million kWh per year. The new plants join in the region those installed at the Frosolone 1 facility, which has been modernized in 2006.
The first plant, located in an area between the municipalities of Frosolone and Macchiagodena, has been constructed in 2008. The second plant is located in Civitacampomarano, in the Province of Campobasso.
The three plants include a total of 50 wind generators, with a capacity of about 46 MW, which will generate 105 million kWh a year once fully on line. This will be sufficient to meet the annual consumption of 38,500 households – more than the overall population of Isernia and over two thirds of the inhabitants of Campobasso – and avoid the emission of 78,000 metric tons of CO2, the greenhouse gas identified as one of the prime causes of climate change.
With these start-ups, the sixth of wind farm launches in 2008, Enel Green Power has increased its installed wind capacity by nearly 21% compared with 2007, thus bringing the total in Italy to 381 MW, while it has 677 MW installed abroad.