Enel Green Power has started construction on the 199 MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County, Kansas. The greenfield project will use 74 wind turbines and will increase the wind farm’s capacity from the current 400 MW to 599 MW. The construction will involve an investment of over USD281 million and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Upon completion of the additional 199 MW, the wind farm will generate over 2.7 TWh of electricity per year, equivalent to avoiding 1.8 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Cimarron Bend wind farm’s first two phases were commissioned in 2016 and 2017 and involved an overall investment of over USD891 million. Of the additional 199 MW, the electricity generated from 150 MW capacity will be sold under a 15-year bundled power purchase agreement (PPA) to Evergy. The PPA will include support for Evergy’s Renewables Direct program, which allows commercial and industrial customers to offset a percentage of their energy usage through renewable sources.
The Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission which supplies municipal power for more than 60 communities in Missouri and Arkansas will purchase the output of a 30 MW portion of the project under a 12 year bundled PPA.
The power and renewable energy credits from the original 400 MW portion of Cimarron Bend are sold under bundled, long-term PPAs with Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.
Enel Green Power is currently constructing nearly 1 GW of new wind and solar capacity across the US and Canada. The project includes the second phase of the 245 MW Roadrunner solar project in Texas, the 236.5 MW White Cloud wind project in Missouri and the 299 MW Aurora wind project in North Dakota.