• Kingman wind project in Kansas to begin operations by 2017
  • Westar also co-developing 280-megawatt wind farm in Kansas

Westar Energy Inc., the Topeka, Kansas-based electric utility, agreed to buy power from a 200-megawatt wind project that NextEra Energy Inc. is developing in Kansas.

The utility signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement with the Kingman Wind Energy Center, Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig said in an interview Thursday. It also has the option to buy a 50 percent stake in the project, according to a Westar statement Thursday. The farm in Kingman County is expected to be operational by early 2017.

Westar announced Dec. 22 that it’s developing a 280-megawatt wind project in the state with Infinity Wind Power Inc. The Western Plains wind project will use Siemens AG turbines.

The Kingman and Western Plains farms will boost Westar’s wind generation to more than 1,700 megawatts.

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