Enel breaks ground on 185MW Illinois wind farm

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Enel has started construction of the 185 MW HillTopper, its first wind farm in the US state of Illinois.

The new wind project is supported by two long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to sell portion of its power to Bloomberg LP and General Motors.

Investment in the construction of HillTopper, which will be located in Logan County, amounts to approximately $325 million and is part of the investments outlined in the Enel Group’s current strategic plan.

The project was acquired from developer Swift Current Energy, and is expected to enter into service by the end of 2018. Once fully operational, HillTopper will be able to generate around 570 GWh annually.

Enel will sell the power generated from a 17 MW portion of the wind project to Bloomberg LP under a long-term PPA. The wind energy will help the global business and financial information and news leader reach their 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2025.

The power generated from a 100 MW portion of HillTopper will be sold to the global mobility company General Motors under a long-term PPA. The wind energy will provide 100 percent renewable electricity to all of General Motor’s Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities.