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.