With construction complete on a new wind farm, Kansas’ Westar Energy can now meet more than half the annual electricity needs of its customers with clean energy. The utility’s new 280-megawatt Western Plains Wind Farm began full operation on March 1. The facility is the third wind farm owned by Westar, in addition to eight wind farms and a land fill gas generator that it buys electricity from under long-term power contracts. Over the next 20 years of operation. Western Plains is expected to generate about $75 million in land lease payments and payments to local and county government. Construction entailed about 200 temporary jobs, and the wind farm brings about three dozen permanent jobs to the community.

– via Windpower Engineering & Development / Michelle Froese



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