Italian utility Enel has purchased 195 wind generators for E138 million from Spanish firm Gamesa. Enel intends to install the new 166MW capacity within its domestic wind power infrastructure.

Enel said that the investment formed part of its E4 billion plan to put the utility at the forefront of forward-looking efforts to promote environmentally friendly energy. The generators will be installed in a number of wind plants in Italy, avoiding the emission of 249,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

The contract with Gamesa – the Spanish group’s largest-ever deal in the Italian wind power market – involves the purchase of G5X-850 kW wind generators for delivery between 2007 and 2009.

The agreement is part of Enel’s consolidated relationship with Gamesa, which dates back to 2002.