Industrial, Wind - April 17, 2020
Spirit Aerosystems to power HQ and plant with wind power
Spirit Aerosystems announced April 16 that they have finalized a plan to power their entire 12.8 million-square-foot manufacturing site and headquarters in Wichita, Kan., with wind-generated electricity.
The Kansas Corporation Commission approved a 10-year agreement between Spirit and Evergy, Inc. Spirit will purchase Kansas wind-generated electricity from Evergy and will invest in capital improvements and make efforts to maintain stable or expanded operations in Wichita.
"Kansas is known for wind, and Spirit Wichita is known for building airplanes,” Ron Rabe, Spirit AeroSystems Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief Procurement Officer, said in a statement. “The two will now be directly connected in a way that helps both the environment and our ability to compete. This new agreement is important to Spirit because it helps maintain the company as a vibrant and growing contributor to the Kansas economy. The new electric rates we will be paying address price disadvantages for electric service Spirit has experienced in Kansas compared to our operations in other states."
The Wichita site will begin receiving electricity from the 130 MW Flat Ridge 3 wind farm once operational in late 2020.
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