Kansas City Power & Light on Tuesday opened its first commercial-scale solar power facility. It’s expected to generate 4,700 megawatt-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power 440 homes.
The solar facility will have 11,500 solar panels and was built on 12 acres of KCP&L’s Greenwood Energy Center in Greenwood, 30 miles south of Kansas City. KCP&L teamed with Sungevity to build the plant. It’s the latest example of the utility’s push toward renewable energy. KCP&L recently announced an additional 500 megawatts of wind power and new energy efficiency programs for its Missouri customers.
“Solar technology is constantly getting better and more efficient,” Chuck Caisley, KCP&L’s vice president for marketing and public affairs, said in a statement. “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.”
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