Smoky Hills Wind Farm

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The Smoky Hills Wind Farm as seen from Interstate 70

The Smoky Hills Wind Farm (Phase I & Phase II) is a 250 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Lincoln and Ellsworth Counties, 140 miles west of Topeka in Kansas, north of Ellsworth. The farm is operated by Enel Green Power.[1] Highway K-14 and Interstate 70 pass through parts of the wind farm, with clear views of many of the wind turbines.[2] The project uses 56 Vestas V80 1.8 MW wind turbines[3] and produces enough electricity to power some 37,000 average Kansas homes annually.[4] As of 19 November 2008, phase II is under construction with 99 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines for an additional 148.5 MW,[3] to bring the total nameplate capacity to 249.3 MW.[5] Phase II was completed and began commercial operation in December, 2008.[6]

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  1. ^ "Wind: the 155 wind turbines at Smoky Hills". Enel Green Power. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  2. ^ Carpenter, Tim (2007-08-07). "Energy farms are increasingly dotting Kansas' landscape". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Kansas". American Wind Energy Association. 2008-11-19. Archived from the original on November 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Smoky Hills I Wind Farm Open". Renewable Energy World. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Enel Completes Smoky Hills Wind Project in Kansas". RedOrbit. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  6. ^ "TradeWind Energy: Smoky Hills Wind Project Phase II". TradeWind Energy. n.d. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 

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Coordinates: 38°58′20″N 98°09′01″W / 38.972155°N 98.150225°W / 38.972155; -98.150225