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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunflower signs power agreement for new wind farm

BY DAN VOORHIS
The Wichita Eagle

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. announced that it will buy the energy from by the planned Shooting Star Wind Project wind farm between Greensburg and Dodge City.

The wind farm's developer, Infinity Wind Power LLC, recently bought the development rights for the wind farm from Clipper Windpower. The power purchase agreement was needed before the project could proceed.

The 104-megawatt wind farm near Mullinville is expected to start operating by late 2012.

The contract was signed by Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC, which was formed in 2005 by five of Sunflower's members in western Kansas and a wholly-owned subsidiary.

With the energy from the Shooting Star wind farm, Sunflower will have renewable generation capacity equal to 29 percent of retail peak demand. This exceeds the state's renewable energy standard which requires utilities to have at least 15 percent by 2016.

The wind farm will provide more than $10 million in royalties to landowners over the 20-year life of the contract. It will also generate about 250,000 hours of construction labor. Infinity has also established a community benefits fund for deployment in Kiowa County.

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