Kansas joins elite ‘5GW wind club’ as big projects come on line



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Kansas has become the fifth US state with more than 5GW of operating wind capacity thanks to the recent completion of several large projects, and the economic benefits that come with wind development continue to multiply, a state official says.

So far this year three major wind farms have crossed the finish line in Kansas, including Infinity Wind Power’s 280MW Western Plains project and Capital Power’s 178MW Bloom, which sells its output to Microsoft.

Kansas joins elite company in crossing the 5GW threshold, with just Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and California having done so previously in the US, according to the American Wind Energy Association.