Chicago, Illinois – Leading clean energy company Invenergy LLC (“Invenergy”) on Thursday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 200 MW Buckeye Wind Energy Center in Ellis County, Kansas.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined Invenergy employees, local legislators Sue Boldra, Don Hineman and Ralph Ostmeyer, and several members of the community for the ceremony and a turbine tour to officially mark the opening of the facility.
“As a national leader in wind potential, Kansas is pleased to welcome the Buckeye Wind Energy Center, representing new investments and jobs in this important industry for our state,” said Governor Brownback.
The facility features 112 GE 1.79 MW wind turbines. Buckeye is located near the city of Hays, approximately 200 miles northwest of the city of Wichita. A significant portion of the project output will be sold to Lincoln Electric System (in Lincoln, Nebraska) under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement.
“Kansas is one of the nation’s top ten states for installed wind, and we’re pleased to celebrate the opening of our first project here,” said Kelly Meyer, Invenergy’s Vice President of Development. “This state-of-the-art facility allows us to provide long-term, clean energy to our customers in the region.”
The Buckeye Wind Energy Center employs a full-time staff of 12 employees. In all, the facility will contribute approximately $3 million annually to the local economy in staff salaries and landowner and PILOT payments.
With the addition of the Buckeye Wind Energy Center, Invenergy now has an operating wind project portfolio of more than 4,100MW, with facilities across the United States, Canada and in Europe.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, and Europe. Invenergy is committed to continued innovation in clean power solutions. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 10,300 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 76 wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities. For more information, please visit www.invenergyllc.com.