Italian utility Enel, through its subsidiary Enel North America, has completed the construction of a 101MW wind farm in the US state of Kansas. The Smoky Hills Phase-I project will produce energy sufficient to power more than 37,000 average Kansas homes annually.
The Smoky Hills Phase-I project, located in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties of Kansas, utilizes 56 Vestas V80 1.8MW wind turbines. The project which is developed by TradeWind Energy is owned by Smoky Hills Wind Farm, an Enel subsidiary.
The Smoky Hills wind farm is delivering wind power to Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Midwest Energy and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities. GE Energy Financial Services has also invested in the project.
Enel and Tradewind are continuing to develop the Smoky Hills site that has the potential to be further expanded to reach about 250MW of total installed capacity.
Fulvio Conti, Enel’s CEO, said: “We are today achieving yet another major step forward in our strategy of development of renewables and innovative generation solutions. We continue to deliver in our plan to abate CO2 emissions, one of the most advanced in the world.”