ECONOMIC IMPACT IN KANSAS
Kansas, a state know for agriculture has always been one of the county’s largest energy producers. Today is no different as Kansas wind is utilized in state and shipped out of state to power homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, libraries, farms and the like.
So far, roughly $12 billion in private capital investment has been made in the Sunflower State by the wind industry, and with several billion in additional investments coming in new projects currently under construction. This has resulted in 36 operating projects generating more than 6,134 megawatts, which is enough energy to power more than 2 million Kansas homes.
The Kansas Department of Commerce says, “Located in the heart of the nation’s Wind Corridor and ranked second in the nation for wind energy potential, Kansas has vast opportunity to expand wind generation.”
“Kansas offers a diverse portfolio of financial incentives to Kansas businesses and producers engaged in conventional and renewable energy production. State tax credits are available for projects that convert waste heat or biomass to energy, or otherwise offset local power usage via renewable sources. Numerous development incentives, including incentive payments, income tax credits, sales tax exemptions, financial assistance for training and property tax exemptions are available to producers, retail dealers and individuals that utilize alternative energy sources.”
Farmers and ranchers benefit from more than $20 million in land lease payments each year.
Employment of wind turbine service technicians, also known as windtechs, is projected to grow 96% during the next eight years, much faster than the average for all occupations.
In 2018, 4.7 billion gallons of water was saved, the equivalent to 35 billion water bottles. Using resources in the right ways positively impacts Kansans in more ways than one.
Many local units of government have entered into agreements to purchase homegrown Kansas wind.