Smoky Hills - Phase I

Where is the project?

West of Salina, Kansas about 20 miles, and just north of Interstate 70 on both sides of Highway 14. The project is located in both Lincoln and Ellsworth Counties.


What transmission line does the project connect with?

Midwest Energy 230 kV transmission line in Ellsworth, County.


What is the size of the project?

100.8 MW (Phase I)

Phase II is an additional 150 MWs


What turbines are being used?

1.8 MW V80 turbines manufactured by Vestas, with an 80-meter hub height and 80-meter blade diameter.


Landowners and Acreage Involved

Over 30 landowners and 12,000 acres are involved in the project.


When did the project start operating?

February 2008.


Who is buying the power?

The power produced by the facility has been sold to Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Midwest Energy, Inc., and the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Public Utilities.


Who developed the project?

The developer of the Smoky Hill Wind Project Phase I was Tradewind Energy, Inc.


Who owns the project?

The Project is owned by Enel Green Power North America, Inc.


Key Project Attributes:

  • The project takes only about 1-2 percent of land out of service to build, including all land for roads, turbine foundations, and maintenance buildings.
  • The project generates enough power to supply the needs of approximately 30,000 households.
  • The project is ideally located on a major interstate highway, creating significant opportunities for education and tourism focusing on renewable energy production, plus ease of access to and from the project site.
  • The project has more than 120 landowners participating and collecting royalty payments from the project, and also utilizes significant local labor and materials for its construction and operations.
  • The project fits well with the surrounding area in terms of the existing infrastructure and commercial activities, and enjoys broad community support.
  • The project was built because it represents the low cost option for wholesale electricity purchases for the utility-buyers, in addition to the significant environmental benefits of the project.