Largest Kansas Wind Farm is Operational
January 14, 2013
The largest wind farm in Kansas, the $800 million Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm, is operational, BP Wind Energy and Sempra US Gas & Power announced on January 3. The joint venture will produce 470 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The entire power output from the wind farm has been sold under long-term power purchase agreements to Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (310 MW); Southwestern Electric Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power (109 MW); and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (51 MW), a Little Rock-based generation and transmission cooperative. Power generated from the wind farm will be exported to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
Located on a 66,000-acre site spanning Harper, Barber, Kingman, and Sumner counties in rural south central Kansas, the project created over 500 jobs during the peak of construction and some 30 permanent jobs. The 294 wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power more than 140,000 average U.S. homes. See the BP press release.