Utility company Duke Energy Corp. is building its second large-scale wind farm in Kansas.
Duke Energy said Wednesday it will build a 131-megawatt wind power farm in Gray County, Kansas, about 200 miles west of Wichita. The company said it plans to start construction on the wind farm this fall, and the facility should be operational by 2012.
All the electricity from the wind farm will be sold under a 20-year contract to Kansas City, Mo.-based utility Kansas City Power & Light.
The wind farm, called Cimarron II, will be located on 16,000 acres of leased farmland and will generate enough electricity to power about 40,000 homes.
On May 24, Duke announced plans to build a 168-megawatt wind farm in Ford County, Kan.
The company already owns nine other wind farms: Four in Wyoming, three in Texas, one in Colorado and one in Pennsylvania. Together, the wind farms can produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
Shares of Duke Energy rose 4 cents to $19.11in midday trading.