Project aligns with green rebuilding efforts in tornado-damaged community

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GREENSBURG, Kan. — Cleaner, greener energy could soon help power Greensburg, Kan., a community recently leveled by a massive tornado.

Greensburg Wind Farm

The City of Greensburg, Kansas Power Pool and John Deere Renewables will develop the Greensburg Wind Farm.

The Greensburg Wind Farm will consist of 10 1.25 MW wind turbines and will align with the community’s green rebuilding initiative.

If development milestones are met, a groundbreaking ceremony will be announced in the summer. Commercial operation could occur as early as 2010.

Kansas Power Pool, the municipal energy agency of which Greensburg is a member, will be purchasing the electrical output from the Greensburg Wind Farm.

Clean energy source

When the project becomes operational, Greensburg will be able to supply 100 percent of the city’s homes and businesses with a clean, green energy source, according to Martin Wilkinson, senior vice president of John Deere Renewables.

“This project will create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the company’s contribution of renewable energy credits to Greensburg will help the city achieve its green goal,” Wilkinson said.

NativeEnergy, Inc., a leader in climate solutions services, will be the exclusive marketer of renewable energy credits from the wind farm, purchasing about two-thirds of the wind farm’s expected renewable energy credits output over 20 years and providing critical revenues to enable project financing.

NativeEnergy will qualify the renewable energy credits as carbon offsets for sale to its customers.

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