Enel starts up 185MW wind farm in Illinois, US

Enel has commenced operations at its 185MW HillTopper wind farm in the US state of Illinois, through its regional subsidiary Enel Green Power North America.

The Italian power company invested around $325 million in the construction of the Logan County-based project, which is Enel’s first wind facility in Illinois.

Renewable energy generated from HillTopper will be sold to three companies – Bloomberg LP, General Motors and Constellation, an Exelon business – through long-term power purchase agreements.

Enel will sell the power generated from a 17MW portion of the wind farm to Bloomberg LP, to help the business reach its 100% renewable energy goal by 2025.

The energy generated from a 100MW portion of HillTopper will be sold to GM, which should allow for 100% renewable electricity supply across its Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities.

Under a third long-term agreement, the power produced from a 23MW section will be sold to Constellation, who will then sell the energy on to two corporate customers.

“Through this first project in Illinois, we are helping our customers meet their clean energy goals with competitive solutions that adapt to their power needs and business objectives,” said Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power.