Southern Company’s subsidiary, Southern Power, recently announced the completion of its first wind project: the 299-MW Kay Wind facility in Kay County, Oklahoma.
“The completion of Kay Wind — Southern Power’s first wind project — marks an important milestone for our company,” said Southern Power President and Chief Executive Officer Oscar C. Harper. “Renewables remain a central focus as we continue developing sustainable energy solutions through projects that align with Southern Power’s conservative business model.”
The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under 20-year power purchase agreements with Westar Energy in Kansas and Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) in Oklahoma. Westar Energy has contracted for approximately 199 MW, and GRDA has contracted for approximately 100 MW. Both companies will have the option to either keep or sell the RECs.
Apex Clean Energy developed and will operate and maintain the facility. Blattner Energy served as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor.
Southern Power has also entered into an agreement to acquire the Grant Wind facility — a 150-MW project in Grant County, Oklahoma — upon successful completion of construction, which is expected to be in 2016. The facility is expected to utilize 66 wind turbines also manufactured by Siemens.
The Kay Wind project fits Southern Power’s business strategy of growing its wholesale business through the acquisition and construction of generating assets substantially covered by long-term contracts.
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