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Mid-Kansas Electric Company (MKEC) and Sunflower Electric Power Corp., headquartered in Hays, Kansas, are electric utilities operated on the cooperative business model. Each provides wholesale generation and transmission services to six member-owners, which serve in a total of 58 central and western Kansas counties. In 2018, MKEC, Sunflower Electric and Lightsource BP announced that they’d signed a 25-year contract for clean, renewable electricity to provide affordable, local energy for electric cooperative members across Kansas.
The agreement is for 20MW 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 will reduce 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, will consist of 75,000 solar panels installed across 241 acres of land in Stanton County, 2 miles from Johnson City. The solar project will be 100% financed, built, maintained and operated by Lightsource BP – construction is expected to be completed in 2020.