Enel S.p.A. through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc., has started operations of its 150MWdc Aurora solar photovoltaic plant in Minnesota, United States.
"The completion of Aurora is another major milestone in our continued strong growth in the U.S.," said Rafael Gonzalez, Head of Enel Green Power North America. "We are proud to be a part of growing Minnesota's energy economy through maximising the utility-scale distributed solar model. This model, which we have implemented through the Aurora solar plant, consists of the installation of multiple small-scale solar sites to supply green energy to communities across the state, and furthers our 'open power' approach to open energy access to more people, new technologies and new uses. The innovative design of Aurora highlights how renewables can provide both sustainable, reliable energy to communities while delivering significant environmental benefits and economic value."
The Aurora solar park consists of 16 PV plants across Minnesota. Aurora can generate approximately 210 million kWh annually, equivalent to the energy consumption needs of over 17,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of over 150,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.