New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Enel Begins Construction of 320-MW Wind Farm for Facebook

By Editors of Power Engineering

A 320-MW wind facility under construction in Nebraska will power a new data center being built by Facebook.

The $430 million Rattlesnake Creek wind facility will be the first constructed by Enel Green Power North America in Nebraska.

“This project consolidates our growing presence in the US as our company enters into a new state and expands our business with new partners,” said Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power. “We are thrilled to be able to support Facebook’s growing renewable energy needs in Nebraska and be a part of driving economic development in the region.”

Facebook holds a power purchase agreement for 200 MW from the facility, which will be 120 miles from the data center in Papillion, Nebraska.

“We know from experience that when people come together, they can do a lot of good in the world,” said Bobby Hollis, director of Global Energy at Facebook. “We came together with the Omaha Public Power District, Tradewind Energy, and now, Enel Green Power, to ensure renewable energy solutions are accessible not just to Facebook, but to other companies as well. Today, we are one step closer to our goal of powering all of our operations with clean and renewable energy, and we are grateful to our partners for this collaboration.”

Enel purchased the project from Tradewind Energy, the company’s long-term strategic development partner.

Enel Green Power North America now has renewable energy projects operating and under development in 23 U.S. States and two Canadian provinces, with 100 plants now generating a combined 3.6 GW of wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy.