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Westar Energy, Horizon Wind Energy and The Empire District Electric Co. will break ground at the Meridian Way Wind Farm site in Cloud County, Kan.

Meridian Way Wind Farm is a 201 MW project owned and operated by Horizon Wind Energy. Westar Energy will purchase 96 MW of energy produced by Phase II of the project. The Empire District Electric Co., based out of Joplin, Mo., will purchase energy produced by Phase I of the project.

"The ample natural supply of wind and the support of the local residents and community leaders make Cloud County a prime location for a wind farm," says Greg Greenwood, vice president of generation construction for Westar Energy.

Meridian Way will consist of 67 Vestas V90-3.0 MW turbines and is expected to go online by the end of the year.

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