SAN DIEGO and KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 02, 2014): EDF Renewables (EDF RE) today announced the company has entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP), parent company of Midwestern utilities, Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations, for the 150-megawatt (MW) Slate Creek Wind Project in Kansas.
Slate Creek Wind Project, located on 17,000 acres approximately 50 miles south of Wichita, Kansas, in Sumner County, will consist of 75 Vestas 2.0 megawatt wind turbines. Construction is expected to commence in late 2014 with commercial operation anticipated by the end of 2015.
Kate O’Hair, Development Director for the Central Region of EDF Renewables commented, “We look forward to once again delivering a successful and strong wind energy project to a utility partner from the Great Plains family; continuing to build on this long-term relationship of trust and confidence in EDF RE’s ability to deliver and maintain quality wind projects that allow Great Plains to diversify its generation portfolio with sustainable wind energy.”
“This new wind project will add cleaner, more renewable energy to our region,” said Great Plains Energy President and CEO Terry Bassham. “We are proud to partner with EDF Renewables in continuing our commitment to adding more environmentally friendly generation to our energy mix.”
EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 5.7 gigawatts of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With the addition of Slate Creek in 2015, EDF RE will have developed nearly 400 MW of wind energy projects in Kansas; providing clean energy to KCP&L customers.