Chicago-headquartered Invenergy LLC has celebrated the official opening of its 200 MW Buckeye Wind Energy Center in Ellis County, Kan.
The facility features 112 GE 1.79 MW wind turbines. Buckeye is located near the city of Hays, approximately 200 miles northwest of the city of Wichita. A significant portion of the project output will be sold to Lincoln Electric System (in Lincoln, Neb.) under a long-term power purchase agreement.
The Buckeye Wind Energy Center employs a full-time staff of 12 employees. In all, the facility will contribute approximately $3 million annually to the local economy, says Invenergy.
With the addition of the center, Invenergy now has an operating wind project portfolio of more than 4.1 GW, with facilities across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
"Kansas is one of the nation's top-10 states for installed wind, and we're pleased to celebrate the opening of our first project here," says Kelly Meyer, Invenergy's vice president of development. "This state-of-the-art facility allows us to provide long-term clean energy to our customers in the region."