Topeka, Kan., July 6, 2016 – Join us July 12, as Westar Energy and NextEra Energy Resources, along with Gov. Sam Brownback, celebrate breaking ground for the Kingman Wind Energy Center. The project will generate enough energy for about 50,000 Kansas homes.
The ground breaking will be at 10 a.m. July 12 at the Kingman Substation Laydown Yard, 4515 SW 120th Ave., Cunningham, KS 67035. In addition to the governor, representatives of NextEra, Westar, Midwest Energy and Kingman County will speak. Attendees will get a chance to see the construction site, including a 150-foot wind turbine blade.
Westar Energy will purchase electricity produced from the 200 megawatt wind farm, which NextEra Energy Resources will develop and operate. Westar is providing some of the energy produced at Kingman to its wholesale partners Midwest Energy and the cities of McPherson, Chanute, Iola, Fredonia and Sabetha through energy management service agreements.
The project will create construction and operational jobs and provide millions of dollars in payments to landowners and to Kingman County, which will help boost the local economy, and support schools and other essential services.
The Kingman wind project is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2016 and will bring Westar’s commitment to renewable energy to about 1700 MW, which is enough to provide about a third of its retail customers’ electricity.
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Westar Energy Inc.
Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas' largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind, sun and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, expanding use of smart meters and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve. For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at http://www.WestarEnergy.com. Westar Energy is on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/yourwestar and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/WestarEnergy.
NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, "NextEra Energy Resources"), is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 18,260 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), primarily in 25 states and Canada as of April 2016. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is one of the largest in the United States. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
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