Enel Green Power North America has started construction of the 250-MW 25 Mile Creek wind project in Ellis County, Oklahoma.
It is the company’s 12th wind farm in the state and with this new construction, Enel Green Power’s Oklahoma wind portfolio now exceeds $3 billion in investment. The company now has over 2.5 GW of new wind and solar capacity under construction across the United States, including the 140-MW Rockhaven wind farm in Oklahoma.
“As we continue celebrating 10 years after Enel Green Power first broke ground in Oklahoma, we’re excited to reach a major milestone of investment in the Sooner State,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, head of Enel Green Power in the United States and Canada. “Oklahoma’s leaders know that a responsible, sustainable energy policy strengthens rural communities and attracts top-tier businesses — that’s why the state is one of America’s leaders for renewables. We look forward to deepening our relationships in Oklahoma, a state that is home to many of our employees and their families.”
Enel Green Power started construction on its first Oklahoma wind farm, Rocky Ridge, in 2011. Since then, the company has built or started construction on 12 wind farms representing over 1.7 GW of operating capacity, establishing it as Oklahoma’s second-largest wind operator.
25 Mile Creek’s 60 turbines are expected to generate over 1.1 TWh of energy each year, equivalent to the electricity needs of over 100,000 U.S. households. The project is expected to generate over $34 million in new local tax revenue for schools and public services, along with over $56 million in payments to landowners, over its lifetime.
Construction will involve around 350 construction jobs and the site will employ around 10 permanent positions. Operations are expected to begin by the end of 2022.
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