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EDF Renewable Energy said the 150 MW Slate Creek Wind Project in Kansas reached commercial operation on December 29, 2015.
The wind power project, located within Sumner County, Kansas, about 50 miles south of Wichita, commenced construction of its 75 Vestas 2 MW wind turbines in April, 2015. Great Plains Energy, parent company of Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations will purchase the electricity generated pursuant to a 20-year, fixed-price power purchase agreement.
The facility will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 55,000 average Missouri and Kansas homes, according to Energy Information Administration. As a result, this project will prevent about 460,000 metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions per year, the equivalent of the annual emissions from nearly 96,000 passenger vehicles.
Kate O’Hair, vice president of development for the central region of EDF RE commented, “We are pleased to bring the Slate Creek Wind project to operation in the central corridor where wind resources, supportive communities, and a long-term utility partnership come together to create a successful renewable addition to the grid.”
EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 7.6 GW of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.