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Existing Kansas Wind Projects

This page is a work in progress.  If you know of or have a small wind project this is not listed, please contact KEIN at: webmaster@kansasenergy.org

(Projects are listed in order of commercial operation)

Kansas-Smith Wind projects

Meade County, Kansas - In August 2005, Enertech Wind Systems of Wichita contracted and installed the two-turbine project totaling 240 kw at the Kansas-Smith hog farm in Southwestern Kansas near the town of Plains. The 120 kw Vestas V-20 wind turbines were remanufactured and commissioned by Halus Power Systems of Hayward, California. The energy produced is used to off-set the hog farms' electricity consumption.

Kansas Wind for Schools Program

  1. Quinter Public Schools Wind Turbine: Quinter, Gove County, Kansas - In October 2007, Kansas USD 293 installed a 50 kw EW50 wind turbine, manufactured by Entegrity Wind Systems of Boulder, Col. Upfront costs for the turbine were reported at $145,000. This turbine is visible from I-70.
    (September 19, 2009)

  2. Moscow Public Schools Wind Turbine: Moscow, Stevens County, Kansas - In April 2008, Kansas USD 209 installed an Entegrity Wind Systems EW50 50 kw wind turbine. Upfront costs for the turbine were reported at $187,000.
    (September 19, 2009)

  3. Ell-Saline USD 307 Wind Turbine

    Brookville, Saline County, Kansas - Ell-Saline School in Kansas USD 307, erected a Skystream 3.7 1.8 kw wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools Program (joint program of the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University). This turbine was erected in April 2008.
    (July 13, 2009)

    1. Ell-Saline Wind Turbine, Case Study, Wind for Schools
    2. Kansas wind for schools showing results: Schools installing wind turbines for education, outreach
      (Kansas State University News Release, May 9, 2008)
    3. Ell-Saline Gets a Wind Turbine
      (USD 307 Web-site, 2009)

  4. Fairfield High School Wind Turbine

    Langdon, Reno County, Kansas - In May 2008, Kansas USD 310 erected a Skystream 3.7, 1.8 (or 1.9) kw wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools Program, a joint program of the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University, through funding from the Department of Energy.
    (September 20, 2009)


  5. Walton Elementary School Wind Turbine

    Walton, Harvey County, Kansas - In June 2008, Walton 21st Century Rural Life Elementary School, 500 W. Main St., Walton, KS erected a Skystream 3.7, 1.8 (or 1.9) kw wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools Program, a joint program of the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University, through funding from the Department of Energy. A group from Westar Energy's Green Team helped the school install the turbine.
    (September 20, 2009)


  6. Natoma High School Wind Turbine

    Natoma, Osborne County, Kansas - In late fall 2008, Kansas USD 399 installed a 50 Kw EW50 wind turbine, manufactured by Entegrity Wind Systems of Boulder, Col.
    (September 19, 2009)


  7. Sterling High School Wind Turbine

    Sterling, Rice County, Kansas - In 2008, Sterling High School in Kansas USD 376, erected a Skystream 3.7 2.4 kw wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools Program (joint program of the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University). 
    (July 13, 2009)


  8. Greenbush Wind Turbine

    Girard, Crawford County, Kansas - In Fall 2008, Greenbush: Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, erected a Skystream 3.7 1.8 kw wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools Program (joint program of the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University).
    (September 20, 2009)


  9. Concordia Public Schools Wind Turbine

    Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas - In September 2008, Kansas USD 333's wind turbine went on-line. The school erected a Skystream 3.7 2.4 kw wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools Program, a joint program of the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University, through funding from the Department of Energy.
    (July 13, 2009)


  10. Blue Valley High School Wind Turbine

    Randolph, Riley County, Kansas - In spring 2009, Kansas USD 384 installed a 1.9 kw wind turbine at Blue Valley High School in Randolph. The wind turbine is a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools Program, a joint program of the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University, through funding from the Department of Energy.
    (September 20, 2009)


  11. Pretty Prairie High School Wind Turbine

    Pretty Prairie, Reno County, Kansas - Pretty Prairie High School has installed a Skystream 3.7, 2.4 kw wind generator on their campus to help power the maintenance shed. Bill Smalley Heating and Cooling of Topeka installed the turbine, which was part of the Wind for Schools Program.
    (July 5, 2010)


  12. Hope Street Academy Wind Turbine

    Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas - Hope Street Academy of Topeka installed a 2.4 kw Skystream  wind generator in April 2010. This turbine is the first wind turbine in the city of Topeka and required a change in zoning code to allow it to be erected. Students at the academy did the bulk of the work to write a grant to the Wind for Schools program at K-State and to get the use permit through the city. Smalley Heating & Cooling of Topeka supplied and installed the turbine.
    (April 28, 2010)


  13. Solomon High School

    Solomon, Dickinson County, Kansas - A 2.4 kw Skystream  wind generator was installed at Solomon High School in October 2010 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State. The installation was handled by Smalley Energy of Topeka.
    (October 30, 2010)


  14. Eudora High School
    Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas - Staff and students at Eudora High School wrote grants to help fund a wind turbine that was installed near the schools' football field. On October 13, 2011, Smalley Energy of Topeka installed a 1.8 kw Skystream wind turbine at the school as part of the Wind For Schools program, which is administered through Kansas State University. (October 2011)

  15. Seaman High School

    Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas - A 2.4 kw Skystream  wind generator was installed at Seaman High School on October 25, 2011 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State. The installation was handled by Smalley Energy of Topeka.  (October 2011)


  16. Jefferson West High School

    Meriden, Jefferson County, Kansas - A 1.8 kw Skystream  wind generator was installed at Jefferson West High School on November 4, 2011 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State. The installation was handled by Smalley Energy of Topeka.  (November 2011)


  17. newCircle High School

    Towanda, Butler County, Kansas - A 2.4 kw Skystream  wind generator was installed at Circle High School in May 2012 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State. The installation was handled by the Westar Energy Green Team and Orinoco Wind & Solar and was installed near the schools' sports complex.  (May 2012)


  18. Halstead High School

    Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas - A 2.4 kw Skystream  wind generator will be installed at Halstead High School on May 17, 2012 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State. The installation was handled by the Westar Energy Green Team and was installed near the schools' sports complex.  (May 2012)


  19. newCentral Plains High School

    Claflin, Barton County, Kansas - A 2.4 kw Skystream  wind generator was installed at Central Plains High School in May 2012 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State. The installation was handled by Orinoco Wind & Solar and was installed near the schools' sports complex. Central Plains High is in USD 112.  (May 2012)


  20. newOtis-Bison High School

    Otis, Barton County, Kansas - A 2.4 kw Skystream  wind generator was installed at USD 403 Otis-Bison High School in December 2012 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State. The installation was handled by Orinoco Wind & Solar .  (February 2013)


  21. newHutchinson Community College

    Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas - A 5.3 kw Endurance  wind generator was installed North of the Career and Technical Education Academy at 800 East 15th Circle to be used for the new Renewable Energy Technology Program at Hutchinson Community College in early 2012 as part of the Wind for Schools program at K-State.  (November 2013)

Pratt Community College Wind Turbines

Pratt, Pratt County, Kansas - In 2007, Pratt Community College installed three 50 Kw EW50 wind turbines, manufactured by Entegrity Wind Systems of Boulder, Col. This turbines are visible to the north of US 54/400 highway on the east side of the city.
(September 19, 2009)

BTI John Deere Wind Turbines

thumbnail of BTI Greensburg turbinesGreensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas - In 2008, BTI John Deere, a farm implement dealer, rebuilt their store after it was destroyed by a tornado on May 4, 2007. They rebuilt their store LEED Platinum, which includes two small wind turbines. One turbine is a 5 kw Endurance wind turbine (Photo, left, provided by KEIN) and the other a 1.8 kw Skystream 3.7. In 2010, BTI reported putting up another 50.0 kw Endurance turbine at their store.  They also erected similar turbines at Greensburg High School and a Greensburg area agricultural producer.

In 2011, BTI added several more 5 kw Endurance wind turbines at their Greensburg location, bringing the total to seven.  In addition, BTI Ness City has three 5 kw Endurance wind turbines, the first erected in 2008 and numbers 2 and 3 added in 2011.
(January 4, 2011)

KDOT Osborne wind turbine

Osborne, Saline County, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Transportation installed a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at its Osborne subarea shop during the 2nd week of January, 2009. The turbine purchased for $12,000 from PIFM Power of Lincoln, Kan.
(July 18, 2009)

KDOT Grainfield wind turbine

Grainfield, Gove County, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Transportation was scheduled to install a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at its Grainfield office toward the end of January 2009. The turbine purchased for $12,000 from PIFM Power of Lincoln, Kan.
(July 18, 2009)

Jetmore Wind Turbines

Hodgeman County, Kansas - In March 2009, West Wind Energy, LLC of Otis, Kansas, installed two West Wind Energy M108 wind turbines.  Each turbine produces 150 kw for a total project capacity of 300 kw. Each turbine cost $250,000.
(July 13, 2009)

Brining Farms Turbine #1 and #2

Barton County, Kansas - In March 2009, West Wind Energy, LLC of Otis, Kansas, installed two West Wind Energy N150 wind turbines on this farm.  The turbines power an irrigation well and his farmstead out buildings. Each turbine produces 150 kw for a total product capacity of 300kw.
(October 8, 2010)

Zarco Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Small image of Zarco VAT

Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas - The Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels station added a vertical-axis wind turbine to the roof of the fuel-station in spring 2009 (Pictured to right, photo by KEIN, 2011). The turbine is a Windterra ECO1200 1 kW Wind Turbine. It's not clear whether this wind turbine actually produces energy or is lovely, mobile art.
(July 13, 2015)

 

3716 Springfield Wind Turbine 3716 Springfield House - Picture by The Energy Savings Store

Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas - This building (see photo, right - provided by The Energy Savings Store), built by Studio 804, is designed to be an off-the-grid residential home, located in Wyandotte County. Built in the spring of 2009, this home features a 1.2 kilowatt vertical-axis Windspire wind turbine by Mariah Power and 4.8 kw of solar pv, installed by The Energy Savings Store (now known as Brightergy, LLC) of Lenexa. This house earned LEED Platinum for Residences and may still be for sale.
(September 20, 2009)

Santa Fe Wind and Solar VAWT

Garner, Johnson County, Kansas - Santa Fe Wind & Solar placed a Cleanfield Energy 3.5 kw vertical axis turbine (VAWT) on the roof of their business in Gardner. It's the first Cleanfield turbine in the U.S. Santa Fe Wind is a dealer in this technology. In 2010, Santa Fe W&S added a Skystream 3.7 to their property.
(August 2, 2011)

Shawnee Mission West High School Wind Turbine

Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas - Shawnee Mission West High School has installed a Skystream  3.7, 2.4 kw wind generator as part of their Green Energy Resource Lab. The turbine is mounted on a 60 foot monopole
(October 23, 2009)

K-State Wind Application Center Wind Turbine

Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas - The K-State wind application center has installed a Skystream 3.7, 2.4 kw wind generator at the corner of Kimball Avenue and Denison Avenue near the firehouse.
(November 3, 2009)

Cloud Power Wind Farm

Cloud Wind turbineConcordia, Cloud County, Kansas - In 2010, Cloud County Community College had three wind turbines installed as part of their Cloud Power Wind Farm. The three turbines, two 100 kw Northwind 100's (one of which is pictured to left, KEIN, 2010) and one 100+ MW Enertech (since replaced due to a failure to perform with a refurbished Nordtank 150 kw turbine) serve  a couple functions. One, the turbines help power the college and it's geothermal heating/cooling system, and 2) provide operating structures to train  the many students in the college's accredited Wind Energy Technology program. The WET program was started in 2006 and currently has five full time faculty, four part-time instructors and 90-120 students in their one-year Wind Energy Technology (WET) Certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science WET Degree programs.

In January 2013, two of the turbines were lowered due to exceeding FAA height restrictions in regard to a nearby, private airport. The blades were removed form the third turbine.  (Picture below, KEIN, 2013)
(March 2013)

 

A.L. Huber Wind Turbine

Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas - A 5.0 kw AES WindJet 5 turbine was installed at 10770 El Monte in Overland Park as part of the REDI (Renewable Energy Demonstration Initiative), a partnership between general contractor A.L. Huber, utility KCP&L, and engineering firm Burns and McDonnell. Solar and other renewable energy features are also planned.
(November 12, 2009)

RSI Corp Wind Turbinesmall image of RSI turbine

Kiowa, Barber County, Kansas - In November 2009, RSI Wind installed a 10 KW WindGen Wind Generator on the west edge of Kiowa, KS. The Legacy Windmill design is based off of the old water pumping windmills that are common in rural areas. RSI Wind is using the kWh’s generated to offset the electrical use of their RSI Corp commercial building in downtown Kiowa. RSI Wind supplies, installs and maintains the WindGen units. The photo at right was provided by RSI Wind.
(November 25, 2009)

Pratt Walmart

Pratt, Pratt County, Kansas - The Pratt Walmart will be one of 500 U.S. stores to install wind generators to help power their store. In mid-February, Omni Wind will install eight 2-kw wind turbines atop existing light poles in the parking lot of the Pratt store. (February 2012)

Greensburg Best Western Night Watchman Inn

Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas - In 2010, the Greensburg Best Western Night Watchman Inn installed an Endurance E-3120, 50 kw wind turbine. This wind turbine is prominently located along Highway 400 near downtown Greensburg. BTI Wind installed this turbine for the Hotel owner after he saw the turbine at the nearby Kiowa County Hospital. Part of the financing for this project came through the Section 1603 program (payments for energy projects in lieu of tax credits) of the Recovery Act, which awarded this project $95,902 in May 2011. (August 2012)

Kiowa County Hospital

Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas - The Kiowa County Hospital has two Endurance E-3120 wind turbines. The first 50 kw machine was installed in 2010 and the second in 2011, both by BTI Wind of Greensburg. The LEED Platinum hospital is located on the western edge of Greensburg along U.S. Highway 400. (August 2012)

El Dorado Waste Water Facility

Butler County, Kansas - The city of El Dorado has installed a 1,000 kw Nordic Windpower wind turbine at their Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility. While the turbine was originally scheduled to be installed in May 2012, a key piece of  equipment was dropped and a replacement part needed to be reordered. The turbine came on-line on September 10, 2012.

The City of El Dorado worked with Westar Energy on interconnection and net metering issues, GBA provided engineering design and GBA Builders was the construction manager for the installation. The project was financed with a combination of Department of Energy and an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, as well as a Kansas Department of Health and Environment Revolving Loan Agreement.

This two-bladed wind turbine may be the first of it's kind in Kansas and is visible from Highway 77. In early 2015, this turbine broke down and was still seeking resolution in mid-Fall. (October 2015)

Stafford County Flour Mills

Hudson, Stafford County, Kansas  - The Stafford County Flour Mill added a 850 kw, Gamesa G58 wind turbine to their business in late 2014. This turbine, sitting on a 180 foot tower, was installed by the Harvest the Wind Network (HTWN) of Greensburg. The company's logo graces the side of the nacelle.  (March 2015)

Proposed Kansas Small Wind Projects

(Projects are listed alphabetically by county)

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Project

Brown County, Kansas and Richardson County, Neb. - A small project on tribal land is planned using three Enertech Wind turbines. These turbines are probably running by now, but this needs to be confirmed. The turbines are used to provide energy for the tribe's casino near White, Kan. (October 2009)

Enersys Company wind turbine

Hays County, Kansas  - The Enersys Company is looking into adding a wind turbine near their factory west of Hays, located just south of I-70. In late 2011 they filed for an obstruction evaluation with the FAA and were granted a "determination of no hazard to air navigation." They are considering a Nordic Windpower N1000 1 MW wind turbine. (October 2012)





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