Enel, through its U.S. renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc., recently closed an agreement to purchase Kansas-based renewable developer Tradewind Energy, Inc.
Under the agreement, Enel Green Power North America purchased all of Tradewind’s development platform comprising of 13 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects throughout the U.S. Shortly after the closing of Enel’s purchase of Tradewind, the company signed a definitive agreement with the Macquarie Group’s Green Investment Group to sell Savion, LLC, a 100 percent subsidiary of Tradewind that includes a development platform including 6 GW of solar and storage pipeline projects. The closing of the transaction with Macquarie, expected mid-year, is pending regulatory approval. Through this sale, the company is able to generate immediate returns on portions of the acquired portfolio, while retaining ownership of a strategic pipeline of about 7 GW of wind projects.
This strategic acquisition will enable Enel Green Power North America to manage all aspects of the renewable value chain in North America, from greenfield development through operations. Following the transaction, the company will integrate Tradewind’s development expertise across key areas of renewable growth for the company including wind, solar, and storage.
“Through this deal, we are acquiring an experienced renewable-development company to help carry out our North American growth strategy across all technologies with even greater speed and efficiency, thereby strengthening our position in the competitive U.S. market,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, head of Enel Green Power North America. “We are further able to capitalize on our investment and secure additional value for our company through the sale of certain development assets that will deliver immediate returns.”
The Enel Group and Tradewind Energy, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, have been strategic development partners since 2006, supporting Enel’s growth in the U.S. wind market. Over the course of this partnership, Enel successfully constructed and began operations of about 3.9 GW of capacity developed by Tradewind. With this acquisition, Enel Green Power North America will further expand its presence in Kansas where the company is the largest wind operator with more than 1.4 GW of operational wind energy.
Enel Green Power North America, part of Enel Green Power, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 24 states and two Canadian provinces. The company operates about 100 plants with a managed capacity of about 5 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy. The company is the largest wind operator in Kansas and Oklahoma.
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