Enel acquires 320-MW Nebraska wind project to power Facebook

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 15, 2017

The wind-powered data center is located about 120 miles from the site of the project.

The company is financing the wind farm through its own resources.

Some 200MW of the output at Rattlesnake Creek will supply electricity for Facebook's new data centre in Papillion.

The 300 MW Rock Creek facility represents the first Enel project to begin operations in Missouri, as well as the largest operational wind farm in the state. The social media company will buy a 200-MW portion of the power and renewable energy credits from the project under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

The Rattlesnake Creek project will tap into OPPD's existing infrastructure to deliver the energy to Facebook's Sarpy County campus.

Investment in the construction of Rattlesnake Creek amounts to an approximate 430 million US dollars and is part of the investment outlined in the Enel Group's current strategic plan.

The project was acquired from Kansas-based Tradewind Energy, which is a long-term strategic development partner of Enel. Once fully operational, Rattlesnake Creek will be able to generate around 1.3 TWh annually, enough energy to meet the equivalent annual consumption needs of more than 105,000 US households, while avoiding the emission of around 940,000 tonnes of Carbon dioxide each year. The wind farm is expected to generate approximately 1,250 GWh annually - equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 100,000 USA households.

Enel Green Power North America announced the beginning of construction on the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project in Dixon County today at the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Lincoln.

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