KCP&L recently announced the opening of its first solar power facility in Greenwood, Mo., just 30 miles southeast of Kansas City Mo. This more than 12-acre facility is located at KCP&L’s Greenwood Energy Center, a natural-gas power plant that’s used at peak demand times.
This new facility houses 11,500 ground-mounted solar panels, which is almost 100-times larger than the KCP&L solar array at Kauffman Stadium. Additionally, these solar panels will produce 4,700 megawatt-hours of energy each year, enough to power nearly 440 homes.
“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 this project.
“Sungevity is very proud to partner with KCP&L on its first utility-scale solar project here in Greenwood,” said Dave Dunlap, Sungevity’s Chief Development Officer. “We believe strongly that utilities will play a major role in solar energy's future adoption, and applaud KCP&L's forward thinking approach for this site.”
This solar power facility is just one example of KCP&L’s commitment to renewable energy. For example, earlier this year, KCP&L announced an additional 500 MW of wind power and new energy efficiency programs for its Missouri customers. Missouri has renewable portfolio standards (RPS) that require utilities operating in those states to generate a specified percentage of its energy from renewable sources like solar. These projects put KCP&L well ahead of RPS compliance dates and percentages in Missouri.
“KCP&L believes in renewable energy and for the last decade we’ve added a significant amount of carbon free energy to our generation portfolio, including more renewable energy. Currently, more than forty percent of our retail customer demand is met through emission-free energy,” said Caisley. “We believe that solar is a critical part of our energy future.”
For more information about KCP&L’s sustainability strategy visit http://www.kcpl.com/about-kcpl/environmental-focus.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.