With the flip of a ceremonial green switch, wind energy developer Wind Capital Group today dedicated its Post Rock Wind Farm at a ceremony at the wind farm’s operations building in Ellsworth, Kansas.
Representatives of Wind Capital Group (WCG) were joined at the dedication ceremony by community leaders, landowners, and executives from Westar Energy and WCG parent company NTR.
“The story of Post Rock is not just about clean energy, it is also about American jobs and economic investment,” said Wind Capital Group Chief Executive Officer David Boyce. “Post Rock will provide renewable energy to power tens of thousands of homes while also providing an ongoing source of revenue to the local economy.”
“We want to express our thanks to Westar, the workers, landowners, community leaders, and citizens of Ellsworth, Lincoln, and Rice Counties, who all stepped up to make today’s dedication a reality,” added Boyce.
Using 134 GE 1.5-82.5 wind turbines, the 201-megawatt Post Rock Wind Farm can produce enough clean, renewable energy to power 70,000 homes. The project also included the construction of a 31-mile electric transmission line in Ellsworth, Lincoln, and Rice Counties. Post Rock will be interconnected to the Rice County substation.
“Westar is proud of our role in the development of wind energy in Kansas,” said Mark Ruelle, Westar Energy chief executive officer. “Today’s dedication of the Post Rock Wind Farm is another step in our commitment to providing our customers with affordable, reliable electricity from diverse sources.”
Said Michael McNicholas, NTR Chief Executive Officer: “With Post Rock coming on stream, Wind Capital Group now operates more than 350MW of wind power in the Midwest. The successful financing and construction of Post Rock is a testament to the strong partnerships built among the WCG team, project finance providers, utility customers, suppliers and the local community.”
The Post Rock Wind Farm commenced commercial operation October 4 of this year.