Elk River Wind Project
The Elk River Wind Project is a 150 megawatt (MW) wind energy project located in Butler County, Kan., approximately 45 miles east of Wichita, Kan., near Beaumont. Primarily used to graze cattle, the total site is consists of 7,907 acres is owned by five local landowners. The importance of cattle and the native Tall Grass Prairie is illustrated in the Elk River Wind Project logo developed by the local community.
Empire District Electric Company selected Elk River and entered into a 20-year agreement with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC to purchase wind energy from the facility. Empire anticipates it will purchase enough energy to meet the annual needs of about 42,000 homes. Joplin, Mo.-based Empire chose to add wind energy to its portfolio for its price stability, environmental friendliness, and the economical cost for its customers.
Learn more from the Elk River Wind Project Fact Sheet
Dedication Event Information
Iberdrola Renewables, LLC held a public dedication of the project on Thursday, May 11, 2006. Click on the appropriate link below for details.
Dedication Invitation & Directions
Project Announcement Press Release
Dedication Media Advisory
Dedication Press Release
Elk River Community Brochure