Enel Green Power (“EGP”) has begun construction of Vientos del Altiplano, its first wind farm in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.
The wind power plant, which is owned by Vientos del Altiplano S. de R.L., a subsidiary of Enel Green Power Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V, will have a total installed capacity of 100 MW and will be built in the municipalities of Mazapil and Villa de Cos, in the state of Zacatecas. Once fully operational, Vientos del Altiplano, which will comprise 50 turbines of 2 MW each, will be able to generate more than 280 GWh each year – equivalent to the yearly energy consumption needs of over 161,000 Mexican households – while avoiding the annual emission of more than 157,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
EGP will be investing a total of approximately 220 million US dollars in the construction of Vientos del Altiplano, in line with the growth targets set out in the company’s current business plan. The investment will be financed through EGP Group resources. The project, which is expected to be completed and put online by the second half of 2016, is supported by long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).
In Mexico, Enel Green Power has an installed capacity of around 400 MW, of which 346 MW from wind power and 53 MW from hydro.
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company fully dedicated to the international development and management of renewable energy sources, with operations in Europe, the Americas and Africa. With a generation capacity equal to approximately 32 billion kWh in 2014 from water, sun, wind and the Earth’s heat – enough to meet the energy needs of more than 11 million households – Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix that provides generation volumes well over the sector average. As of today, the company has an installed capacity of more than 9,800 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass. The company has about 740 plants operating in 15 countries.