BP Wind Energy has announced that it will build a 419 MW wind farm in Barber, Harper, Kingman and Sumner counties, Kan.
The Flat Ridge II wind farm will be located on a 66,000-acre site in south central Kansas. The wind farm will utilize 262 GE wind turbines, each of which has a rated capacity of 1.6 MW.
BP Wind Energy has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) totaling 314 MW from the proposed project with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI). BP says it is actively marketing the remaining capacity to other customers in the Midwest.
‘Today's announcement of a PPA with AECI is a milestone in the project's development that will create some 500 jobs during peak construction and will provide over $1 million annually to the local communities without impacting traditional farming and ranching activities,’ says John Graham, president and CEO of BP Wind Energy.
The project will be 100% owned and operated by BP Wind Energy. Subject to the receiving of all the necessary permits to proceed, it is anticipated that initial site construction work will start in the fourth quarter of this year. The wind farm is expected to become commercially operational by the end of next year.