Smoky Hills - Phase II

Where is the project?

West of Salina, Kansas about 20 miles, and just north of Interstate 70 to the west 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?

148.5 MW. The combined project (Phase I and Phase II) is just under 250 MWs.


What turbines are being used?

GE1.5sle turbine, with an 80-meter hub height and 77-meter blade diameter.


Landowners and Acreage Involved

Over 80 landowners and 14,000 acres are involved in the project.


When did the project start operating?

December 2009.


Who is buying the power?

The power produced by the facility was sold to Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Midwest Energy, Inc., City Utilities of Springfield, and Independence Power & Light. A small portion of the project was also sold into the Southwest Power Pool energy imbalance wholesale power market.


Who developed the project?

The developer of the Smoky Hill Wind Project Phase II is Tradewind Energy, Inc.


Who owns the project?

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


Key Project Attributes:

  • The project only takes approximately 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 45,000 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, including all phases, has more than 120 landowners participating and collecting royalty payments from the project, and 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.