Enel Green Power North America Inc. has started work on the 300-megawatt, $420 million Red Dirt wind farm in Oklahoma.
The wind facility is owned by subsidiary Red Dirt Wind Project, LLC, and is expected to enter service at the end of 2017. The project is being built for around $1,400 a kilowatt.
The energy and renewable energy credits from Red Dirt will be sold under two long-term agreements: one with T-Mobile US, Inc. for 160 MW and the other with the Grand River Dam Authority for 140 MW.
The American Wind Energy Association says that Oklahoma ranked third nationwide in 2016 for installed wind capacity and total wind energy generation. The state has around 6,645 MW of installed wind generating capacity, and some 3,400 turbines. During 2016, wind energy provided 25.12% of all in-state electricity production.
Enel Green Power entered the Oklahoma wind market in 2012 and has grown its wind portfolio from 15 MW to around 1,500 MW. The company's other projects in Oklahoma include the 150 MW Rocky Ridge in Kiowa and Washita Counties, 300 MW Chisholm View I and II in Grant and Garfield Counties, 150 MW Origin in Murray, Carter, and Garvin Counties, 150 MW Osage Wind in Osage County, 200 MW Goodwell in Texas County, 74 MW Little Elk in Kiowa and Washita Counties, and 108 MW Drift Sand in Grady County.
Enel Green Power North America is part of the Renewable Energies division of the Enel Group and has plants operating and under development in 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA operates around 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 3.2 GW powered by hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy.