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Westar To Purchase Energy From New Kansas Wind Farm

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Westar Energy says it will buy energy from a new wind farm to be built in Pratt County.

The utility company announced yesterday that it will buy the energy from a 200-megawatt farm built for it by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources.

The Ninnescah wind farm is expected to be built late this year or early next year and be operational by late 2016.

The company said in a news release that the new wind energy purchase will increase Westar's renewable energy commitment to nearly 1,300 megawatts.

The project is expected to create about $300 million dollars in capital investment and about 200 temporary construction jobs.