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$800 Million, 470 MW Wind Farm Opens in Kansas

Linda Hardesty

BP Wind Energy and Sempra US Gas & Power announced the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm located in Kansas has moved into full commercial operation.

It is the largest, single-build wind farm in the history of the US wind industry, according to the companies.

Located on a 66,000-acre site spanning Harper, Barber, Kingman and Sumner counties, the 470 MW Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm is owned 50:50 by BP and Sempra US Gas & Power, which have a combined investment in excess of $800 million.

A wholly owned affiliate of BP Wind Energy will be the operator. The wind farm utilizes 294 GE wind turbines each with a rated capacity of 1.6 MW generating enough electricity to power over 140,000 average American homes.

The entire power output from the wind farm has been sold under long-term power purchase agreements to Associated Electric Cooperative, (310 MW), Southwestern Electric Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power (109 MW), and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (51 MW), a Little Rock-based generation and transmission cooperative. Power generated from the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm will be exported to Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The project created over 500 jobs during the peak of construction and some 30 permanent jobs have been created to monitor and maintain the facility now that it is online.



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