Wind energy in Italy: new wind farm in Catanzaro

The first 44 MW of a total of 64 MW of wind power capacity entered service today at the San Floro Maida plant in Catanzaro, Italy.

The wind farm consists of 32 wind turbines with a capacity of 2 MW each. The system will be capable of producing over 150 million kWh of power annually, equal to the consumption of almost 56 thousand households, and will avoid the emission of about 100 thousand tonnes of C02 each year.

Meanwhile, work has also begun on the construction of the wind farm at Contrada Coniglia in Trapani, Sicily. The new wind farm consists of 10 wind turbines of 2 MW each, for a total installed capacity of 20 MW. Enel Green Power expects the facility to start operations in early 2011.

Once completed, the wind energy plant will produce more than 43 million kWh per year, equal to the consumption of more than 15 thousand households, and prevent the emission of over 30 thousand tonnes of C02.

Currently, Enel Green Power has a total installed capacity of over 2,600 MW in Italy, of which more than 450 MW of wind power.

Enel Green Power is a publicly listed company and part of the Enel Group. It is dedicated to renewable energy with a presence in Europe, North America and Latin America. It is one of the global leaders in its industry with a total installed capacity of around 5,900 MW and more than 600 plants in operation in 16 countries. The company and its subsidiaries produced 21 billion kWh of energy from water, sun, wind, geothermal and biomass in 2009.