Monday, October 03, 2011
The Sunflower state is cashing in on Mother Nature.
BP Wind energy announced plans to build a new wind farm in south central Kansas during a ceremony at Wichita State University Monday.
Gov. Sam Brownback said the 419-megawatt Flat Ridge Wind Farm will be spread over 66,000 acres in Barber, Harper, Kingman and Sumner counties. It will be the largest wind farm in the state.
"The time has certainly arrived for Kansas to lead the way in exporting clean, renewable and affordable energy to the rest of the nation," Brownback said.
About 200 landowners will receive royalties for BP to use their property.
"We'll be paying the land owner group where we'll actually be sitting our turbines, which is more than 200 people, more than a million dollars a year in royalties," said John Graham, BP Wind Energy CEO and President. "And that will be for the next 20 years or more.”
Graham said about 75-percent of the electricity produced will be exported to other states. About 500 workers will be hired to help with construction, 30 full-time employees will help operate the wind farm.
Construction for the $800 million wind farm is expected to begin next month.