Baldwin City adds solar to energy portfolio, signs agreement with Westar Energy

Updated: May 11, 2020

A.J. Stevens was one of two council members on the utility committee to take the budget neutral solar farm from concept to approval.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Nov. 19 – The City of Baldwin City is adding solar to its energy mix through an agreement with Westar Energy. The Baldwin City mayor will sign the agreement at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Baldwin City Library, 800 7th St., Baldwin City, preceding the Baldwin City Council Meeting.Media are invited to attend.

Baldwin City will purchase energy from the 1 megawatt solar array that Westar Energy will own and operate. The array will be next to the city’s new public utilities building at 1100 Orange St. in Baldwin City and construction will begin in the next few weeks. The array is scheduled to be complete summer 2019.

"Solar power fits neatly into the city’s existing energy portfolio, said Rob Culley, Baldwin City’s electrical production director."

“Baldwin City has been on the cutting edge of renewable energy,” he said. “When you add the solar power to our wind-powered electricity and hydroelectric capacity, 30% of our from power will be from renewable, green sources.”

“Westar appreciates the opportunity to help Baldwin City meet its residents’ energy needs with sustainable sources that are located in the community,” said John Bridson, vice president, generation services.

Westar Energy offers comprehensive energy management solutions, asset optimization, risk management and advisory services and renewable energy options to utilities, large industrial customers and independent power producers.

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