A new wind farm that came online in north central Kansas this month is helping the University of Kansas meet its sustainability goal of offsetting carbon emissions with energy from renewable sources. KU’s participation in Evergy’s Renewables Direct program supported construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County.
Located approximately 80 miles northwest of Lawrence, that 300-megawatt wind farm with 121 turbines is now producing power. The 20-year commitment KU signed with Evergy in October 2018 provides the university with a stable, affordable electricity rate for the Lawrence campus, with expected cost savings of $250,000 to $350,000 annually.
Renewables Direct allows commercial and industrial customers to offset some or all of their energy usage through a renewable resource. Participants sign an agreement lasting five, 10, 15 or 20 years. The cost of the energy produced through the program is expected to be cheaper than energy produced by burning fossil fuels.