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Enel starts construction on 185MW HillTopper wind farm in Illinois

CTBR Staff Writer Published 10 April 2018

Italian energy company Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has started construction of the 185MW HillTopper wind farm, located in Logan County, in the US state of Illinois.

The wind farm is supported by two long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to sell portion of the power generated by it to Bloomberg and General Motors.

This wind farm is expected to generate about 570Wh of clean electricity every year and is being constructed with a budget of $325m. 

The HillTopper wind farm was acquired from developer Swift Current Energy and is expected to begin operations by the end of this year.

Enel global renewable energies division head Antonio Cammisecra said: “The start of construction of HillTopper is a new milestone for our growth in the US renewable market and the PPAs with Bloomberg LP and General Motors are testament to the appeal of our customised renewable energy solutions to large corporate customers.

“Through these agreements our customers gain access to affordable clean energy that supports their renewable goals, while also meeting their business objectives, and in return Enel is able to maintain long-term revenue certainty.”

Under the long term PPA, Enel will sell 17MW capacity of power from the wind farm to Bloomberg. The power supply is expected to help the global business and financial information and news provider to attain its 100% renewable energy goal by 2025.

A 100MW portion of power from the wind farm will be sold to General Motors (GM) under another long-term PPA. This wind energy will provide 100% renewable electricity to power all of GM’s manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana.

General Motors renewable energy global manager Rob Threlkeld said: “Our agreement with HillTopper is part of our strategy to generate or source all electrical power for our global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2050.

“When the turbines come online later this year, we will be 20% of the way to our goal.”

Enel claims to have signed over 650MW of commercial and industrial (C&I) PPAs in the US. With the PPAs for HillTopper in place, Enel has already signed directly or indirectly about 400MW of new power supply contracts in the US with C&I customers this year.

Image: Enel is spending $325m on the HillTopper wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of docucon/FreeImages.com.