Southern’s first wind project – Kay Wind in Oklahoma – spins into action

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power on Dec. 14 announced its first wind project, the 299-MW Kay Wind facility in Kay County, Oklahoma, is fully operational.

“The completion of Kay Wind – Southern Power’s first wind project – marks an important milestone for our company,” said Southern Power President and Chief Executive Officer Oscar C. Harper. “Renewables remain a central focus as we continue developing sustainable energy solutions through projects that align with Southern Power’s conservative business model.”

The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under 20-year power purchase agreements with Westar Energy in Kansas and Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) in Oklahoma. Westar Energy has contracted for approximately 199 MW, and GRDA has contracted for about 100 MW. Both companies will have the option to either keep or sell the RECs.

Apex Clean Energy developed and will operate and maintain the facility. Blattner Energy Inc. served as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The Kay Wind project consists of 130 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens.

Southern Power has also entered into an agreement to acquire the Grant Wind facility – a 150-MW project in Grant County, Oklahoma – upon successful completion of construction, which is expected to be in 2016. The facility is expected to utilize 66 Siemens turbines.

Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company focused on building utility-scale generation facilities, with one of the nation’s largest, most diversified portfolios of renewable energy resources, capable of producing more than 12,000 MW of clean energy.

Southern Power is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider, meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or have rights to 32 facilities in nine states, with more than 10,300 MW of generating capacity operating or under development in Alabama, California, Florida,Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.