New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Southern Co. Subsidiary’s 1st Wind Project Now Fully Operational

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE:SO), has announced the completion of its first wind project.

The company said Monday the 299-MW Kay Wind facility in Kay County, Oklahoma, featuring 130 Siemens wind turbines, is now fully operational.  The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the project are being sold under 20-year power purchase agreements with Kansas’ Westar Energy Inc. and Oklahoma’s Grand River Dam Authority.

Westar Energy is purchasing 199 MW of the farm’s output while GRDA is purchasing the remaining 100 MW.  Both companies have the option to keep or sell the RECs.

The Kay Wind facility was developed by Apex Clean Energy, which will also operate and maintain the facility, while Blattner Energy Inc. served as EPC contractor.

The project is capable of generating enough electricity to power about 100,000 average U.S. homes.