West of Salina, Kansas about 20 miles, and just north of Interstate 70 to the west of Highway 14. The project is located in both Lincoln and Ellsworth Counties.
Midwest Energy 230 kV transmission line in Ellsworth, County.
Project Size (Phase II):
148.5 MW. The combined project is just under 250 MWs.
GE1.5sle turbine, with an 80-meter hub height and 77-meter blade diameter.
Landowners and Acreage Involved:
Over 80 landowners and 14,000 acres are involved in the project.
The power produced by the facility is being sold to Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Midwest Energy, Inc., City Utilities of Springfield, and Independence Power & Light. A small portion of the project is also being sold into the Southwest Power Pool energy imbalance wholesale power market.
TradeWind Energy headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas.
The project is owned by Enel North America, Inc. the wholly owned subsidiary of Enel, SpA.
Key Project Attributes:
- The project only takes approximately 1-2 percent of land out of service to build, including all land for roads, turbine foundations, and maintenance buildings.
- The project is ideally located on a major interstate highway, creating significant opportunities for education and tourism focusing on renewable energy production, plus ease of access to and from the project site.
- The project, including all phases, has more than 120 landowners participating and collecting royalty payments from the project, and utilizes significant local labor and materials for its construction and operations.
- The project fits well with the surrounding area in terms of the existing infrastructure and commercial activities, and enjoys broad community support.
- The project was built because it represents the low cost option for wholesale electricity purchases for the utility-buyers, in addition to the significant environmental benefits of the project.