Enel Green Power North America photo and news release
Atchison County’s Rock Creek Wind Farm is officially online and producing power, making it the largest wind farm in the state of Missouri! Rock Creek is a 300 MW wind farm located east of Tarkio, Missouri. Now that Rock Creek is fully constructed, it is the largest wind farm in the state with 150 wind turbines across 40,000 acres. The 300MW (or 1,250 GWh/year) of renewable energy that Rock Creek generates is enough to power approximately 100,000 Missouri homes. Rock Creek is the first renewable project for EGP-NA in the state. This facility required a total investment of about $500M.
The power and renewable energy credits from the facility will be sold under two separate, bundled, long-term power purchase agreements with Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and the Greater Missouri Operations Company (GMO). The developer of this project is Tradewind Energy.
“The completion of Rock Creek nearly two months ahead of schedule is a testament to the project team’s tremendous effort and the continuing support received from the local community,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power. “We are proud to call Missouri home to our second largest operating wind farm in the U.S. Through Rock Creek we continue to expand our geographical footprint and operational capacity in the U.S., while also delivering long-term value for the local community.”
Job Creation – Rock Creek created over 420 construction jobs at peak of construction and is expected to create about 10 new full-time jobs in Atchison County, many of which were sourced directly from the local community.
Tax Dollars – With more than 150 leases representing about 250 landowners, Rock Creek will create considerable property tax revenue and payments to landowners. Over the 20-year life of the project, the project is expected to generate approximately $90M in combined property tax and land lease payments. These property tax payments will help fund critical needs in the community including Tarkio and Fairfax school districts, the library, and emergency services.
Shopko Renovation – EGP-NA renovated the former Shopko building in Tarkio to serve as Rock Creek’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) building. This decision was made to give the project’s neighboring town an economic boost, revitalizing a visibly vacant building in the heart of Main Street, and to create an opportunity for EGP-NA’s employees to interact more closely with the community.
Hidden Treasures of Rome – While Rock Creek is EGP-NA’s first project in Missouri, it is not EGP-NA’s first time serving the community. For the past few years, EGP-NA has worked with the University of Missouri, as well as the Capitoline Museums of Rome (the world’s oldest museum) and the City of Rome to bring the Hidden Treasures of Rome project to campus. The project began in the summer of 2014, and brought artifacts from the Capitoline Museum to be studied, analyzed, categorized, and catalogued by the University’s students and researchers.
The project also was the recent recipient of local development agency Atchison County Development Corporation’s 2017 Economic Development Award for its significant economic impact in the region during construction and throughout the life of the project.
EGPNA is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA operates around 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 3.6 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy. The company is currently the largest wind operator in Kansas and the second largest wind operator in Oklahoma.
Enel Green Power, the renewable energies division of the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables in 24 countries, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of more than 39 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies like storage systems into renewable power plants.