Westar Energy announced today that it agreed to buy 369 megawatts of wind energy from two yet-to-be-developed wind farms.
Both projects are scheduled to begin next year and completedby the end of 2012.
Westar will buy 201 megawatts of energy from the Post Rock Wind Farm to be developed by Wind Capital Group in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties. The project plans to use General Electric 1.5 MW wind turbines.
Westar will also buy 168 megawatts from the planned Ironwood Wind Power Project site in Ford and Hodgeman counties by Duke Energy Generation Services. Duke Energy plans to use Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines assembled at the recently opened Siemens plant in Hutchinson.
The agreements are contingent on final negotiations, board approvals and regulatory approval.
With both plants, Westar will be most of the way to meeting the required 15 percent of generation from renewable sources by 2016. That requirement rises to 20 percent by 2020.
Westar Energy owns wind farms totaling 149 megawatts and buys 146 megawatts more. It also buys about 6 megawatts of electricity produced using landfill gas at the Topeka landfill.