Renewable energy for not-for-profit electric utility in Kansas

Sunflower Electric Power Corp., headquartered in Hays, Kansas,  is a not-for-profit electric utility providing wholesale generation and transmission services to six member-owners serving in central and western Kansas. Sunflower Electric and Lightsource bp have a 25-year contract for clean, renewable electricity to provide affordable, local energy for electric cooperative members across Kansas.

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    Site selection & preliminary design

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    Stakeholder outreach

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    Permitting & environmental studies

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    Land management & biodiversity planning

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    Final engineering, financing & construction

  • Operation

    Operation & maintenance

  • Decommissioning & recycling

 

The agreement is for 27.5MW of large-scale offsite solar, providing enough green electricity to power 4,900 homes across central and western Kansas every year.  In addition to providing clean on-peak energy, the solar project is reducing loading on a transmission line that is nearing capacity, saving costs by deferring or ultimately cancelling the requirement for costly infrastructure upgrades.

The Johnson Corner solar project, the largest solar farm in Kansas, consists of 75,000 solar panels installed across 144 acres of land in Stanton County, 2 miles from Johnson City. Commercial operation commenced in April 2020.

MKEC, Sunflower Electric Power and Lightsource bp are incredibly proud of this solar project, and the opportunities it will offer the organisations and the local communities.

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  • 39,000
    metric tons of CO2 saved per year
  • 8,280
    fuel-burning cars taken off road (equivalent)
  • 4,900
    central and western Kansas homes powered
  • 200
    construction jobs created

Information & resources

We’ve put together a collection of resources for anyone who’d like to know more about our MKEC/Sunflower Electric solar project:

Download Information Leaflet

 

Project information from Sunflower Electric

 

Coverage

Stories

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Videos of our Johnson Corner Solar project

Take a look at the video below to find out more about the project.

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Introducing Johnson Corner Solar

Our $37million project entered commercial operation on April 7, 2020.

FAQs

We’ve received lots of interest in our Johnson Corner solar project, so we’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.

FAQs

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project, email info@lightsourcebp.com, or fill out the form below. We aim to get back to you within five working days.

In the community

We construct our solar farms with a view to improving soil health, fostering biodiversity, and strengthening local economies. From ecological assessments to community engagement, we do our best to create solar farms that local communities can be proud of.

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