© 2022 KMUW
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Stories focused on energy & environment topics throughout the state of Kansas.

Construction Begins On Kingman Wind Energy Center

Brownback-sign.png
Courtesy Photo
/
Gov. Brownback signs a 150-foot wind turbine blade at the site of the Kingman Wind Energy Center.

Landowners and local leaders on Tuesday celebrated the beginning of the construction of the Kingman Wind Energy Center. The site is near the city of Kingman, about 45 minutes west of Wichita.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other leaders participated in the event, where they signed a 150-foot wind turbine blade that will be used in the project.

John DiDonato, vice president of wind development for Next-Era Energy Resources, says the project will help sustain Kingman County economically and provide clean, renewable energy for generations of Kansans to come.

At 200 megawatts, the wind farm will produce enough energy for about 50,000 Kansas homes. Westar Energy will purchase electricity from the wind farm, which NextEra Energy Resources will develop and operate.

The Kingman wind project is expected to be in operation by the end of this year.

--

Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

 
To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.

 

Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.