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Kingman County Signs Agreement for Commercial Wind Farm

KSAL Staff - June 29, 2016 12:23 pm

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the wind farms each year, according to an estimate in a scientific journal in March.

Kingman County officials have agreed to build a 200-megawatt commercial wind farm in the county this year.

The Wichita Eagle reports the $26.4 million agreements with Kingman Wind Energy 1 LLC were signed this week at the county’s weekly commission meeting.

Kingman Wind Energy is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Capital Holdings. It has a 20-year contract to sell the power to Westar Energy.

In return for typical state exemption from property taxes, Kingman Wind Energy 1 agreed to a one-time payment of $2.2 million to the county to cover various permits and other expenses. It will also pay $800,000 a year for the first 20 years and $700,000 annually after that as long as the wind farm is operating. Those amounts would increase if the farm expands.