About 10 miles west of Howard, Kansas. The project will be in Elk County, Kansas.
The Project is interconnected to the Westar 345 kV transmission system in Elk County.
Landowners and Acreage Involved:
Approximately 15 landowners and 14,000 acres will be involved in the project.
The Project was constructed in 2011 and achieved COD in January of 2012.
The power produced by Caney River will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation’s largest public power company. The power will be delivered to TVA’s customers in the Southeast U.S.
The developer of the Caney River Wind Project is TradeWind Energy, LLC (“TradeWind”), which is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. The senior managers of TradeWind have over 100 years of combined experience in the independent power development business including acquisitions and project development across the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as significant regulated utility experience.
The Project is owned by Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
Key Project Attributes:
- The Caney River project is believed to be one of the most energetic sites of any wind project in development in eastern Kansas, outside of the designated Heart of the Flint Hills area.
- In an effort to promote wildlife and grassland conservation throughout the state of Kansas, the Caney River Wind Project has entered into a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to manage $8.5 million in funding directed toward the purchase of conservation easements and issuance of research and conservation grants within the state.
- The site was specially selected due to its proximity to existing power transmission lines. As a result, no new transmission lines or rights of way will need to be acquired or constructed.
- No scenic byways or other threatened or endangered species or habitats are impacted by the project.
- The project will take approximately 150 acres of land out of service to build, including all land for roads, turbine foundations, and maintenance buildings. The rest of the approximately 14,000 acres leased for the project will still be farmed and ranched exactly as it was prior to construction.
- The project, when complete, will have approximately 15 landowners participating and collecting royalty payments.
- The project will provide $3 million annually in lease rent payment to participating landowners and payments in lieu of taxes to Elk County. These payments represent a 50% increase in annual county revenues.
- The project enjoys broad community and county agency support.
- The project will offset approximately 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, 2,000 tons of NOx per year, and 2,800 tons of SO2 per year.
- The project will generate enough power to supply the needs of approximately 60,000 households.