E.ON has started construction of a 278MW wind farm in Illinois, US and signed major power purchase and plant services agreements.

After completion, the project, dubbed Radford’s Run Wind Farm, will be the second largest wind farm in Illinois and the third project the company is undertaking in the state.

The company will invest about $500m in the project, which is expected to start oprerations by end of 2017.

Vestas will supply 139 of 2MW turbines for this project, which is estimated to generate enough electricity to power about 90,000 homes.

Apart from this project, E.ON has entered into a 12 year power purchase agreement with Johnson & Johnson to sell half of the power produced at the 200MW Colbeck’s Corner wind farm in the Texas Panhandle.

The 100MW of power being sold to Johnson & Johnson would constitute 60% of its power consumption in US and 25% of its power consumption globally.

E.ON has also entered into a long-term clean energy agreement with Digital Reality to provide 400MWh of power produced at the Colbeck’s Corner annually.

Recently, E.ON started providing plant services for renewable energy under the name, E.ON Energy Services. It entered into an agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy to provide asset management and balance of plant services for Amazon Wind Farm Texas.

Majority of the power produced at the Amazon Wind farm will be sold to the online retail giant as per a long-term contract.

In September 2016, E.ON Energy Services was selected by Novatus Energy to manage four of its wind farms which produce more than 700MW, situated in three states.

Image: E.ON extends renewables business in the US. Photo: Courtesy of jk1991/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.