Westar Energy selects site for 1 MW community solar project

Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) said recently that a 1 MW community solar installation will be built near South Hutchinson in Reno County, Kansas.

Construction will begin in December with the solar plant being in service during the first quarter of 2017.

Westar is offering subscriptions to the community solar plant and 90% of them have been filled, Westar said in a Nov. 10 news release.

Participants have the choice of locking in their energy price for five to 20 years, enjoying the benefit of solar with no upfront investment, no debt and no ongoing maintenance.

The 1 MW Community Solar project comprises 3,400 panels and is the equivalent of about 200 average residential private solar installations, Westar said.

In June, Westar Energy, the Kansas Corporation Commission Staff and Citizen Utility Ratepayers Board reached an agreement to allow construction to begin on the project as Westar Energy continues to enroll subscribing customers. Customers who choose not to participate in the optional program pay none of its costs.

Full details and program enrollment are available at www.WestarEnergy.com/communitysolar.

Westar Energy is being acquired by Kansas City, Missouri-based utility holding company, Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP).

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