The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) Community is among the subscribers in a new wind energy initiative in the state of Kansas. Fourteen organizations are currently enrolled in Renewables Direct, a program of Westar Energy, and will receive all or a portion of their electricity from the Soldier Creek Wind Energy Center to be built in Nemaha County.

Participating customers will be able to claim a portion of the energy generated by the wind farm as their own; retain all of the renewable attributes; and lock in a portion of their electricity prices for up to 20 years.

Keith Taylor, director of facilities, says that this helps the SCL Community meet its sustainability goals with Kansas’ abundant, affordable renewable energy. He explains, “Starting in 2020, all of our electrical consumption will be both from our own solar panel generation on campus and from the Soldier Creek wind farm in Nemaha County. This is all 100 percent renewable, clean energy.”

Additionally, Keith anticipates potential monetary savings from participation in this initiative.

Westar announced the new program in July 2018. Construction of the wind farm northeast of Manhattan is scheduled to start in early 2019 with operations slated to begin by the end of 2020. The project is expected to bring an estimated 250 construction jobs and 15 to 20 permanent green energy jobs to Nemaha County. Landowners will receive land-rights payments during the first 30 years of the project.

Other organizations among the early subscribers include Benedictine College, Atchison; Kansas State University, Manhattan; University of Kansas, Lawrence; and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Leavenworth, Topeka and Wichita.

For more information, read this news release.