Kansas continues to move forward as a leader in wind energy. The Kansas Department of Commerce is highlighting three recently signed agreements with energy companies which will increase wind energy output by over 700 megawatts.
Great Plains Energy Adds Two New Kansas Wind Facilities
Great Plains Energy recently announced plans to increase its renewable energy portfolio with the signing of two power purchase agreements (PPA) for an additional 444 megawatts (MW) of power from two new wind facilities owned by both EDP Renewables and NextEra Energy Resources in Kansas. That’s enough energy to power more than 160,000 homes.
Once complete, these agreements will increase Great Plains Energy’s wind resources to more than 1,800 MW of wind capacity which will be approximately 25% of the company’s generating portfolio in 2019.
Diamond Vista Wind Project Gets New Owner
Lenexa-based Tradewind Energy Inc. sold the 300-megawatt Diamond Vista wind project, southwest of Salina, to Enel Green Power North America Inc., a subsidiary of one of the largest energy companies in the world.
With an estimated cost of $400 million, Diamond Vista is under construction on about 55,000 acres of land leased from about 240 landowners. When completed, it will provide enough electricity to power about 165,000 homes for a year. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Kohler joins other corporate purchasers of Kansas wind
Kohler Co. announced this past month a 15-year agreement to purchase 100 megawatts of wind power per year from the Diamond Vista wind farm.
In selecting this project, Kohler evaluated the power generation needed to compensate for its annual kilowatt-hour consumption and the financial and environmental benefits of making this type of renewable energy investment.
Kohler’s share of the expected generated power from Diamond Vista will be enough to power nearly 40,000 homes. When the project comes online, Kohler’s share will be sold to the wholesale electric market, with the company receiving renewable energy credits (RECs) equaling the company’s total annual electricity needs for its 85 manufacturing facilities, offices and warehouses in the U.S. and Canada. Globally, the project will reduce Kohler’s greenhouse gas emissions footprint by 26 percent.