It is expected that construction will start on a wind power project 17 miles northeast of Dodge City, Kansas in the first quarter of 2012. This is a 100.8MW wind farm that will be known as the Spearville 3 Wind Project and it will be developed, built and owned by enXco with expected completion of the project and commissioning to take place by December 2012.
An important step has already taken place which should help assure the viability of the project. A 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been entered into between enXco and KCP&L. This agreement was finalized in November 2011.
The wind farm will consist of 63 General Electric XLE turbines each of which is rated at 1.6MW.
“The project’s proximity to other enXco developed wind facilities, along with near-term constructability and advanced development status, allows both development and transmission synergies,” said Tristan Grimbert, president & CEO of enXco. “We look forward to once again delivering a successful project to our utility partner who has demonstrated both trust and confidence in the EDF EN Group to deliver wind projects and diversify their generation portfolio.”
“In this region of the country, wind is an abundant renewable resource. We believe that pursuing wind energy development at this time will bring the benefits of that resource to our customers,” said Terry Bassham, president and chief operating officer of KCP&L.
The Spearville 3 Wind Project will join the existing Spearville Wind Farm which has been in operation since 2006 and has a maximum generating capacity of 100.5MW. This particular facility consists of 67 General Electric 1.5MW turbines.
This new project will join a growing list of large wind farms that have been developed and are operational in Kansas. Displayed below is a table that lists the largest wind farms in the state.
Other Major Kansas Wind Energy Facilities