Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) has opened its first solar power facility 30 miles southeast of Kansas City, Missouri in Greenwood. The 12-acre facility is located at the utility’s Greenwood Energy Center, a natural gas-fired power plant used in times of peak demand. The new facility includes 11,500 ground-mounted solar panels producing a combined 4,700 MWh of energy each year.
“Solar technology is constantly getting better and more efficient,” said Chuck Caisley, KCP&L’s vice president for Marketing and Public Affairs. “That translates into a more cost-effective renewable energy for our customers. We are investing in solar because of its relatively quick construction and our commitment to a sustainable future.”
KCP&L partnered with Sungevity to construct the project.
This year KCP&L also announced an additional 500 MW of wind power and new energy efficiency programs for its Missouri customers, putting the utility well ahead of the state’s renewable portfolio standards (RPS).