Enel Green Power builds 11th Oklahoma wind farm


Renewable energy producer Enel Green Power has launched construction on another new wind farm in southcentral Oklahoma—its 11th wind project in the state.

The company announced the 140 MW Rockhaven wind project is being built in Garvin and Carter Counties and is adjacent to the Origin wind farm which Enel has operated since 2015.

The Rockhaven wind farm is expected to be in commercial operation by the end of the year.

In Oklahoma, Enel Green Power operates ten existing wind farms across the state including Thunder Ranch (298 MW), Red Dirt (300 MW), Rocky Ridge (150 MW), Chisholm View I & II (300 MW in total), Origin (150 MW), Osage Wind (150 MW), Little Elk (74 MW), Goodwell (200 MW) and Drift Sand (108 MW).

Enel included the Oklahoma project in an announcement this week of its construction of 1.5 GW of five new renewable energy projects in Oklahoma, Texas and Illinois.

One of the projects will be Enel’s largest solar plant in the U.S. and others will include three hybrid renewable storage projects. The company stated it has more than 2.3 GW of new renewable generation being construction and will have more than 600 MW of battery storage capacity under construction by the middle of 2021 in the US.

“The American transition to clean energy is unstoppable, and Enel Green Power North America is playing a leading role,” said Salvatore Bernabei, CEO of Enel Green Power and Head of Enel’s Global Power Generation business line. “With more than 2 GW now under construction in the United States, more than ever before, we are creating value with communities, partners, and our entire value chain, helping meet the ambitious clean energy targets of policymakers and businesses alike.”

He said the five new projects under construction will generate more than 4.1 TWh of renewable electricity a year, equivalent to avoiding 2.5 million tons of CO2 emissions and enough to power more than 525,000 US households annually.

Over their lifetime, the five new projects are expected to generate around $450 million in tax revenue for local communities and new income for project landowners. Construction of the projects will be responsible for over 1,500 construction jobs.

The Roseland solar and storage project will have 639.6 MW generating capacity and will be Enel’s largest solar plant in the US. It will be paired with a 59 MW2 battery storage system. Located in Falls County, Roseland is expected to achieve commercial operation in the second-half of 2022.

Source: Enel press release