Renewable energy is part of our current energy mix and an opportunity for our future.
We continually explore ways to broaden our sustainable strategy and comply with renewable energy mandates. Learn more about our balanced portfolio
We were the first utility in the country to own and operate a commercial-scale wind facility in the state of Kansas with our 100.5 megawatts Spearville Wind Generation Facility, which is now 148.5 megawatts. We also purchase power from other wind energy providers.
Solar panels atop Paseo Academy can generate 100 kilowatts of energy while teaching local children about our energy future. We've also partnered with the Kansas City Royals to maximize renewable energy resources at the ballpark by installing a 120-panel solar system on the outfield canopy roof—the largest in-stadium solar array in Major League Baseball.
KCP&L is a joint owner of the Wolf Creek Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Burlington, Kan. that has the capacity to generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity. Utility companies often rely on nuclear power as a cost-effective way to provide reliable energy for base load generation.
The three million tons of decomposing waste in St. Joseph, Mo.’s landfill continually produce methane, which our Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant converts into enough electricity to power up to 1,000 homes annually. We also purchase electricity from the Hampton Feedlot in Triplett, Mo., home to 2,500 cattle whose manure produces methane. With the help of an anaerobic digester to speed up decomposition, the biogas can generate enough energy for 200 homes.
We've signed a 10-year agreement to buy renewable energy from Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District's three hydroelectric plants. This is the first addition of hydro power to our energy mix.