Westar Energy, an electric utility based in Topeka, Kan., has reached an agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources to purchase another 200 MW of wind energy in Kansas.
Westar will purchase energy generated at the Kingman Wind Energy Center in Kingman County. This project will be in service by early 2017.
As part of the transaction, Westar will have the option to purchase one-half of the facility before substantial completion. According to the utility, the wind farm brings over $400 million in investment and payments to the local area.
Westar says it has been investing in and purchasing Kansas wind energy for nearly a decade. With this addition, the utility's wind generation will surpass 1.7 GW, which includes a recently announced 280 MW project in Ford County.