Enel Green Power North America is to build two wind farms totalling 146MW in Alberta, following success in the Canadian province’s first renewables tender.

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) awarded two 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreements to Enel for the 115MW Riverview project and the 30.6MW second phase of the Castle Rock Ridge installation.

The other successful bidders were Capital Power, which will build the 201MW Whitla project 60km southwest of Medicine Hat, and EDP Renewables with the 248MW Sharp Hills wind farm 50km north of Oyen.

Both of the Enel projects are located in Pincher Creek and are scheduled to come online in 2019.

Enel said the overall investment in the construction of the two wind farms will be approximately US$170m.

The first phase of the Castle Rock Ridge project has 76.2MW of installed capacity, Enel said.

Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “We are thrilled to be investing once again in the Canadian energy economy and to continue our growth here in Alberta.”

Alberta auctioned a total of 600MW, 200MW more than originally planned. Alberta plans to have 5GW of renewable energy connected to the province’s grid by 2030.

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