Apex inks 200MW PPA
Oklahoma wind project to supply Kansas utility Westar Energy
Apex Clean Energy has found an offtaker for power from the Kay wind project in northern Oklahoma. Kansas utility Westar Energy Inc has agreed to purchase 200MW.
“This project is great for our customers,” said Westar CEO Mark Ruelle. “For the first time, we’ve been able to add renewable energy at a cost comparable to our other energy resources.”
Apex is developing a 130-turbine 300MW wind farm at the Kay County site, which comprises about 18,000 acres six miles south of Arkansas City, just across the state line from Kansas.
The project is near one of Westar’s recently constructed high-voltage transmission lines. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015, and the wind farm is expected to begin providing electricity in late 2016.
Apex is developing a number of large-scale wind energy projects in the Midwest.
“We are very pleased to be working with Westar, and we look forward to a strong long- term relationship moving forward,” said Apex president Mark Goodwin.
Image: Kansas utility to buy Oklahoma wind-generated electricity (Apex)