BP’s Flat Ridge Project: Largest Wind Farm in Kansas


We all have heard about BP’s oil spill mess but did you know that BP is also involved in the largest wind farm project in Kansas that not only helps the environment but is also creating jobs in that area. BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power are constructing Flat Ridge 2 wind farm. It will be the largest wind project in the state of Kansas and a major investment in renewable energy for U.S. consumers. The facility, located on a 66,000-acre site about 40 miles southwest of Wichita, represents a combined investment of more than $800 million and will have the capacity to produce 419 MW of electricity, enough to light more than 125,000 homes. The company says more than 200 landowners will receive a total of at least $1 million a year in royalties, or about $5,000 per property in annual leases. BP Wind jointly owns and operates Flat Ridge I, a 100-MW farm that began commercial operation in March 2009. BP owns half the site, which consists of 40 Clipper 2.5 MW turbines, and Westar owns the other half.

“The development of the Flat Ridge 2 wind farm is an important component to achieving energy independence and revitalizing rural Kansas,” Brownback said at the event. “We congratulate BP and Sempra U.S. Gas and Power for their innovative thinking and planning in moving this project into full construction.” At peak construction, the Flat Ridge 2 project will create some 500 jobs. Roughly 30 permanent jobs will be created once the wind farm begins commercial operation, which is expected by the end of the year.  The companies also announced that the power from a 51 MW expansion project to be completed in 2012 has been sold under a separate long-term agreement with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC), a Little Rock-based generation and transmission cooperative.

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