Enel Begins Construction of its First Large Scale Wind & Storage Project in Texas

Italian Power Company – Enel has announced the starting of construction of 350 MW wind farm paired with approximately 137 MW of battery storage in Throckmorton County, Texas, US - through its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America.

March 04, 2021. By News Bureau

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Italian Power Company – Enel has announced the starting of construction of 350 MW wind farm paired with approximately 137 MW of battery storage in Throckmorton County, Texas, US - through its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America.

The Azure Sky wind plus storage project which is expected to be operational in the first half of 2022, will be Enel’s third utility-scale renewables plus storage hybrid project in the US, and its first large-scale hybrid project globally to integrate wind and battery storage at one site.

Enel will sell to Kellogg Company a 360 GWh portion of the electricity supplied to the grid annually from the Azure Sky wind project via a 100 MW virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA), which is equivalent to 50 percent of the amount of electricity used in Kellogg's North American manufacturing facilities.

Salvatore Bernabei, CEO of Enel Green Power and Head of Enel’s Global Power Generation business line commented: “As our first large-scale project to pair wind and storage, and our largest hybrid plant globally, Azure Sky demonstrates Enel’s continued commitment to leading the energy transition towards a 100% renewable-powered electric grid. This transition is supported and accelerated by commercial customers, like Kellogg Company, who are placing sustainability at the core of their business.”

Commenting on the agreement, Amy Senter, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg said, “Kellogg has been working to reduce its carbon footprint across our value chain for more than a decade. This latest VPPA further demonstrates to investors, stakeholders, and our consumers that we are taking swift action to address climate change.”

The 79 wind turbines at the Azure Sky project are expected to generate over 1,300 GWh each year, which is equivalent to avoiding the emission of over 842,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. At around 137 MW, the system will be one of the largest battery storage facilities in the world.

 

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