BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power have announced that the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm located in Kansas has moved into full commercial operation.
Located on a 66,000-acre site spanning Harper, Barber, Kingman and Sumner counties, the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in the state of Kansas.
BP and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power are 50:50 joint venture partners for the 470 MW Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm that represents a combined investment in excess of $800 million. A unit of BP Wind Energy will be the operator.
The project created over 500 jobs during the peak of construction and some 30 permanent jobs have been created to monitor and maintain the facility now that it is online. The wind farm uses 294 GE wind turbines each with a rated capacity of 1.6 MW generating enough electricity to power over 140,000 average American homes.
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 Co., a unit of American Electric Power (109 MW), and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (51 MW), a Little Rock-based generation and transmission cooperative. Power generated from the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm will be exported to Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.