Chicago-based Invenergy has started construction on the 100 MW Buckeye Wind Energy Project, located in Ellis County, Kan. The wind farm, located northwest of Wichita, is fully permitted for a total of 200 MW.
The wind farm, which will be powered by GE 1.7MW-100 wind turbines, is Invenergy's first in Kansas, notes Alissa Krinsky, Invenergy spokesperson. The project will connect to the Midwest Energy Post Rock 230 kV substation, and Lincoln Electric System has agreed to purchase 100 MW of generated power via a long-term contract.
‘With an excellent wind resource and community support, the Buckeye Wind Energy Project is being built in an optimal location,’ Krinsky says. ‘Buckeye will provide substantial, long-term economic benefits to the local area, and we look forward to continuing to work successfully with our host community.’
Invenergy started development efforts on the project in 2008, and the project is now under construction. Commercial operation is scheduled to commence by the end of this year. Once operational, the project will contribute to the local economy through annual payments to Ellis County, lease payments to landowners and salaries to local employees.