April 7, 2016
TRADEWIND ENERGY AND KCP&L REACH AGREEMENT TO PRODUCE WIND ENERGY IN MISSOURI
The Rock Creek Wind Project in Atchison County will produce the equivalent amount of energy annually as is consumed by 100,000 typical U.S. homes.
Lenexa, Kan. (April 7, 2016) –Tradewind Energy, Inc., one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S., has entered into a long-term renewable energy purchase agreement with Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) to deliver low-cost wind energy in Missouri.
The approximately 300 megawatt (MW) Rock Creek Wind Project in Atchison County will produce the equivalent amount of energy annually as is consumed by roughly 100,000 typical U.S. homes. The project involves more than 130 landowners across approximately 40,000 acres.
The Rock Creek Wind Project has been in planning since 2005 and represents a half billion dollar investment into Northwest Missouri. The project is expected to be completed in 2017 and will be the largest wind project in Missouri.
“This project represents a tremendous economic development opportunity for the local community and an exciting advance in the region’s renewable energy portfolio,” said Rob Freeman, CEO of Tradewind Energy. “We are privileged to partner with our local utility KCP&L and the community to bring this important wind energy project to Missouri.”
KCP&L has been an industry leader in adding wind to its portfolio for the benefit of their customers.
“KCP&L is pleased to announce this wind resource addition located in our Missouri service area, furthering our commitment of investing in renewable energy resources as well as providing economic benefits to the communities we serve, ” said Duane Anstaett, VP of Generation.
The anticipated economic impact to Atchison County and the surrounding area is expected to reach over $100 million during the first 20 years of operation through the creation of new jobs, increased County tax revenues and landowner royalties. In addition, the construction phase of the Rock Creek Wind Project will create between 250 and 300 jobs.
“The County has worked with Tradewind Energy off and on for several years to advance the Rock Creek Wind Project into construction,” said Monica M. Bailey, Executive Director, Atchison County Development Corporation. “A project of this magnitude will generate a tremendous economic impact to our county, and we are excited to see it moving forward. We will continue to work with Tradewind in the coming months to see the project through construction and into operation.”