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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.
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.