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Flat Ridge 2
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Location: Near Wichita, KS
Capacity: 470 MW
Homes Powered: About 127,000 (KS)
Completed: Late 2012
Customer: Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Southwestern Electric Power Co.

The Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm, located near Wichita, Kansas, is a joint venture of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy. Completed in late 2012, the 470-megawatt (MW) project is currently the largest wind farm in the state of Kansas. Spread across 66,000 acres, Flat Ridge 2 utilizes 294 wind turbines to generate enough clean electricity to power about 127,000 Kansas homes.

The project created about 500 construction jobs at peak and 30 full-time positions. It also provides revenue to local communities on an annual basis.

The entire power output from Flat Ridge 2 has been sold under long-term contracts to Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Southwestern Electric Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power, and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Benefits

  • Created about 500 construction jobs at peak and 30 full-time positions
  • Provides a new source of clean, locally produced power
  • Provides revenue to local communities on an annual basis
  • Economic benefits include new sources of revenue for local land owners without disrupting farming and ranching operations
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,202,500 tons annually, the equivalent of taking approximately 253,000 cars off the road