The Kansas City area is using more renewable energy with the Cimarron Bend wind farm now up and running.
Once fully operational, the plant will produce about 400 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power about 180,000 homes. Right now, it generates about 200 megawatts of power.
The wind farm was designed by Lenexa, Kan.-based Tradewind Energy LLC. It was constructed by Enel Green Power North America, a subsidiary of Enel, which is one of the largest energy companies in the world.
The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, which serves Kansas City, Kan., has a 20-year deal to buy about half of the power from the Cimarron Bend wind farm. Google Inc. bought the other half of the energy, part of an initiative it has underway to eventually become 100 percent powered by renewable energy.
The Cimarron Bend project led to a more than $1.7 billion investment in Kansas and the creation of more than 1,200 construction jobs and more than 60 full-time jobs in the state.
Read more: Kansas City Business Journal