During the year, EGP completed plants like the 102 MW Apiacás hydropower park in Brazil, the 160 MW Finis Terrae solar PV plant in Chile, and the 129 MW Palo Alto and 100 MW Vientos del Altiplano wind farms in Mexico, as well as the 88 MW Nojoli wind farm in South Africa
Enel Green Power (“EGP”), Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division, has made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time high 2,018 MW of new capacity in the last 12 months. The record obtained last year is a major achievement for EGP, which more than doubled its result from 2015, when just over 900 MW of capacity were built.
“This record confirms once again the incredible efforts made by the entire Enel Green Power team,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division. “It’s a team result that makes us extremely proud. The credit goes to everyone who worked selflessly and steadfastly to attain this success.”
In 2016 EGP completed important plants like the 102 MW Apiacás hydropower park in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, which was inaugurated in November. In Chile, as well as the 160 MW Finis Terrae solar PV park, another 382 MW of solar and wind power have been put online, adding up to a total of 542 MW. In Mexico, the 129 MW Palo Alto and 100 MW Vientos del Altiplano wind farms entered into service. In South Africa, more than 470 MW of solar and wind projects have been completed, including the 88 MW Nojoli wind farm. The year also brought good news from the USA, beginning with the 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County, Kansas, Enel’s largest ever wind power project, of which the first 200 MW have been put online. Another 373 MW have also been completed across a number of different US States.
The renewables capacity that entered into service in 2016 will allow Enel to avoid the emission of around 4.1 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year and will be able to satisfy the annual energy needs of around 1.8 million households.
EGP makes the safeguarding of the environment and the rational use of resources the first priority of all its activities, starting from plant construction. For this reason it created the “sustainable worksite”, an innovative model in which each phase of construction is marked by close attention to sustainability: from the selection of materials and components to the environmentally friendly management of the worksite and waste, to the proper placement of the power plant in the landscape. Throughout its activities, a sustainable worksite involves the monitoring of certain environmental performance factors, with the goal of constantly improving actions, as part of a sound collaboration with suppliers and local communities.
Following last year’s achievements, EGP is now looking ahead to a new year and new commitments, which will see it place a particular focus on the United States and Brazil. In Brazil EGP is building the Ituverava solar PV plant, a major facility with a capacity of 254 MW in the State of Bahia, which is due to enter into service in the first half of 2017. In the same country, the 292 MW Nova Olinda PV plant, which once completed will be the largest solar park ever built by EGP, is also under construction.