Gov. Sam Brownback hails wind farm project that includes 200 turbines; Google to buy half the output

Friday, August 5, 2016

An Italian company has begun construction on a large wind farm that will dot southwest Kansas with 200 turbines, generating enough energy to power nearly 150,000 households — with internet giant Google snatching up half the output.

The wind farm, spanning 60 square miles, will have a 400 megawatt capacity. Corporate executives and Gov. Sam Brownback announced the $610 million project Friday.

The project comes after Brownback and legislative leaders unveiled a compromise last year to the state’s renewable energy mandates, shifting them to voluntary goals. Now, Brownback and corporate leaders are hailing the policy stability they say the compromise provided.

The wind farm will sit in Clark County, located south of Dodge City. Known as Cimarron Bend, the farm is expected to begin producing electricity by 2017.

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