Sunflower Files Application for Russell County Solar Project

Press release

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation applied for a solar power system permit in Russell County on Monday. Sunflower plans to develop the Sunflower Electric Solar @ Russell project, a 20 megawatt solar farm located 3 miles east of Russell. The next stage of the project, which is expected to be commercially available by the end of 2023, is for the Russell County Commission to review and approve the solar power system permit.

Sunflower is a cooperatively operated wholesale generation and transmission utility serving seven member distribution utilities with a diverse mix of fuel-fired electricity generation, including traditional and renewable resources. The Russell Project is Sunflower’s second solar development. The 20 MW Johnson Corner Solar Project was commissioned in April 2020 and is the largest operating solar facility in the state of Kansas.

Governor Laura Kelly and Senator Elaine Bowers expressed support for the new solar development.

“Kansas is uniquely positioned to lead the way in the development and expansion of clean, renewable energy,” Kelly said. “I am happy to see this project moving forward. Kansas must have a diverse renewable energy portfolio as we propel our future and grow our rapidly changing economy.

“I commend Sunflower in its efforts to build a second 20 MW solar array in the state,” Bowers said. “As electricity needs continue to grow, I’m thrilled to see Kansas playing an important role in developing more resources.”

Sunflower is developing the project again with the National Renewables Cooperative Organization, of which Sunflower is a member-owner.

“It’s a good day anytime we can capitalize on Kansas’ resources for the good of our communities, the state and beyond,” Rep. Troy Waymaster said, “but it’s especially exciting to Seeing this happen near my hometown Russell County continues to embrace change that brings benefits today and into the future.

The public is invited to learn about the project at a round-trip information meeting at Fossil Creek Hotel and Suites, 1430 S. Fossil, Russell, from 5-7 p.m. on February 15.

About Sunflower
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is a regional wholesale electricity provider that operates an approximately 2,400 mile system of solar, wind, natural gas and coal power plants and transmission system for the needs of its seven members, which serve customers living in central and western Kansas. Visit the Sunflower website at www.sunflower.net.

Sunflower member co-operatives include Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Dighton; Pioneer electric cooperative, Ulysses; Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Norton; The Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Dodge City; Western Cooperative Electric Association, WaKeeney; and Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Scott City, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is also a member of Sunflower.

About the National Renewable Energy Cooperative Organization
Formed in 2008 by 21 cooperatives, NRCO aims to increase access to cost-effective renewable energy resources for electricity cooperatives across the country. NRCO provides comprehensive start-up and development services to its owner members and cooperative customers, with nearly one gigawatt of wind and solar projects completed to date, including 45 cooperative-run community solar farms. For more information, see www.nrco.coop.

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