KCP&L Announces New Solar Project in Green Impact Zone

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Local high school solar installation will be largest in Kansas City metro 
Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 29, 2011) — Today at an event with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II and school district leaders, Mike Chesser, chairman and CEO of KCP&L, announced the largest solar energy system in the metro area. This system is being installed at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts located in the Green Impact Zone. 
KCP&L selected Brightergy Solar to install a 100 kW SunPower system, made in the USA, at the Paseo Academy (formerly Paseo High School). Once operational, teachers and students will learn how solar energy works by using an interactive display, which will be connected inside the school by KCP&L. Including the system at Paseo Academy, KCP&L will be installing approximately 180 kW of solar energy generation as a part of its SmartGrid Demonstration in and around the Green Impact Zone. 
One of KCP&L’s goals for the solar installation is to create a partnership between solar vendors and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Through this project, the IBEW Local 124 will partner with Brightergy to learn new renewable energy skills for its members. For the Paseo Academy project, Brightery is partnering with Alpha EE, a minority-owned IBEW electrical contractor. 
“Our commitment to the community drives everything we’re trying to accomplish with our SmartGrid project,” said Mike Chesser. “Creating partnerships with businesses and labor while engaging the youth of the community is a win for everyone involved.”  
“The Green Impact Zone is all about sustainability and making this area better tomorrow than it is today,” said Cleaver. “Some have called this area the ‘Murder Factory.’ Together, we are working to turn it into the ‘Opportunity Factory,’ an energy-efficient community with more jobs, better housing and safer neighborhoods. A place we are proud to call home.” 
In late 2009, KCP&L received a grant from the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create a smart grid in and around the Green Impact Zone. The $48M project includes $24M from the federal government and $24M of private investment by KCP&L and its partners. KCP&L’s SmartGrid is modernizing and automating the electric grid by integrating renewables and new technologies. Through a variety of tools, the SmartGrid is giving customers access to advanced energy information so they can manage their usage and potentially save money on their monthly bills. 
In addition to installing more solar energy systems in 2011, future initiatives for the SmartGrid project include installing electric vehicle charging stations, connecting a large battery storage system, substation automation and additional customer tools.
About KCP&L: 
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.
About Brightergy: 
Brightergy serves commercial and residential customers by providing solar energy design, financing, installation, and monitoring services. The company’s BrighterFinance and BrighterLease financing options make it possible for building owners to switch to clean renewable energy without the high up-front cost. Headquartered in Kansas City, Brightergy’s regional offices also serve St. Louis and Boston. Additional information about the company can be found online at www.brightergy.com.