We love being able to share progress updates on the projects our team has worked diligently to develop. Today is an exciting day for both the Rock Creek Wind Project in Missouri and the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project in Nebraska.
Our partner Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA) has completed construction and started operation of the 300 megawatt (MW) Rock Creek Wind Project in Atchison County, Missouri. Rock Creek is the largest operating wind farm in the state, and will produce enough energy to power approximately 100,000 Missouri homes. EGP-NA will sell the power and renewable energy credits from Rock Creek under two separate, long-term power purchase agreements to Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and the KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (GMO).
The Rock Creek Wind Project involved more than 250 landowners and is expected to generate approximately $90 million in combined property tax and land lease payments over the next 20 years. These property tax payments will deliver many economic benefits to the region, funding critical needs in the community, including county road and bridge projects, Tarkio and Fairfax school districts, the library and emergency services.
The second project – Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project in Dixon County, Nebraska – has been acquired by EGP-NA, and the company today announced the start of construction for the project. Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project also represents a successful partnership with Facebook, which recently announced it would purchase 200 MW of the 320 MW available. Total project investment amounts to approximately $430 million U.S. dollars, and the project is expected to produce enough energy to meet the equivalent annual consumption needs of more than 105,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of around 940,000 tons of CO2 each year.
We are proud to be a strategic development partner with EGP-NA as we continue our work to help transform the electric industry in the U.S. toward a clean, sustainable future.
*Photos courtesy of Enel Green Power North America