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Westar Energy and Infinity Wind Power partner to build $435m wind farm in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 24 December 2015

Westar Energy and Infinity Wind Power have partnered to build a new wind farm in the US state of Kansas which will see an investment of around $435m.

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The proposed 280MW in Ford County will increase Westar's renewable energy capacity to over 1.5GW.

The Western Plains wind farm will employ turbines from Siemens, key components of which will be assembled in the Siemens facility in Hutchinson. The Siemens facility employs more than 400 people.

Westar Energy president and CEO Mark Ruelle said: "In today's power market, wind continues to represent a very affordable option for us, which allows us to provide energy to our customers at a lower cost.

"Equally important for our state, wind energy creates Kansas jobs in construction, manufacturing and ongoing operations of the wind farms."

During the construction phase, the project would create more than 200 jobs, besides about 36 permanent jobs.

According to Westar, the Ford County project will include land lease royalties paid to local landowners and payments to local and county government of about $75m during the first 20 years of operation.

Westar is also planning to pursue another 200MW of wind energy, with an option to own 50% of those additional megawatts.

Both the wind farms are expected to become operational by early 2017.

With the two additional wind farms by Westar, wind generation will power more than 400,000 homes and businesses.

Westar has 7,200MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind, solar and landfill gas.


Image: With the two additional wind farms by Westar, wind generation will power more than 400,000 homes and businesses. Photo: courtesy of xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.