NextEra starts buying land for Kansas City solar and storage site


The Kansas City suburb of Gardner, Kansas is where the world’s largest renewable energy developer has started buying land for the company’s proposed solar and storage capacity project.

NextEra Energy confirmed it is seeking land near Kansas City for a project to include up to 500 MW each of solar and storage capacity, according to Energy News Network. It could be among the largest projects of its kind in the U.S.


“Amazing,” said Zack Pistora, who represents the Sierra Club in Kansas. “It’s one thing to have a solar farm that spans 3,500 acres. But the storage is the real game-changer in my mind.”

NextEra Energy, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Florida, already operates seven wind farms in Kansas. It also has three wind farm operations in Oklahoma—NextEra Breckinridge near Enid, Minco Wind LLC near Minco and Seiling Wind Energy Center near Seiling.

Spokesperson Conlan Kennedy said the company zeroed in on the site in eastern Kansas for several reasons. It offers a good solar resource, transmission and roads, and available land.

The project is in the early stages of development. The company is trying to acquire land outside the town of Gardner, a suburb on the furthest outskirts of Kansas City. It’s also shopping for customers for the power but wouldn’t disclose details.

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Source: Energy News Network.