By: Anna Illarionova | at Enel | May 8th, 2018

Enel in the USA, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America Inc. ("EGPNA"), has started production of the Red Dirt wind farm (about 300 MW) located in Oklahoma, capable of generating around 1,200 GWh per year. It is equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 97,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of about 860,000 tons of CO2 each year. Totally EGPNA has more than 1,700 MW of managed capacity across 10 wind farms that makes the company the largest wind player in the state. 

In line with all Enel new construction sites, the Red Dirt park has been built following the Sustainable Construction Site model that allows to measure, monitor and mitigate social and environmental impacts, and engage local stakeholders in a virtuous and effective ecosystem to generate continuous improvement actions and make positive impacts on local territory development. The construction of the Red Dirt wind farm started with a dedicated local context analysis at the business development stage, stakeholder management and materiality assessment that helped create a relevant plan of CSV initiatives, based on the principles of circular economy and aimed at improving the efficiency in use of materials, products and their useful life extension.

One of the sustainability projects that has been implemented in the area is dedicated to the re-use of wood produced during the construction phase, in collaboration with the EGPNA strategic partners - the BOP and RES Americas (Renewable Energy Systems).

In particular, this wood has been reused by:

  • Local communities, living nearby the Oklahoma project, for their agricultural and livestock activities;
  • EcoWood Solutions (local processing company) in Oklahoma, for the recovery and transformation of wood waste in raw material for agricultural activities, in materials suitable for livestock farms and as a fuel for residential boilers.

This project has become an example of an inclusive and flexible platform where different actors (Enel, contractors, local community, local companies, etc.) are engaged in a constant dialogue and co-design mutually reinforcing activities multiplying the shared value effect.

VALUE FOR THE COMPANY

Raising operating efficiency due to proper waste management, waste reduction and re-use, contribution to the UN SDGs commitment (decent work and economic growth), integrating with local territory and reinforcing relations with the stakeholders

VALUE FOR THE STAKEHOLDERS

Promotion of employment and inclusive, sustainable and lasting economic growth at the territory, support to the small local businesses and start-ups operating in "green economy”, mitigation of the environmental impact, capacity building for local community

Learn More about the Red Dirt Wind Farm