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The city of Greensburg, Kan., Kansas Power Pool and John Deere Renewables have jointly announced plans to 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.

The project will be formally announced on May 2 at the grand reopening of BTI Inc., a John Deere dealership and one of the many Greensburg businesses rebuilding after a massive tornado hit the city in 2007. If development milestones are met, a ground-breaking ceremony will be announced in summer 2009. 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.

"When the project becomes operational, Greensburg will be able to supply 100% of the city's homes and businesses with a clean, green energy source," says Martin Wilkinson, senior vice president of John Deere Renewables. "This project will create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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

The project is also an example of strong cooperation within the wind industry. Clipper Wind Power Inc. shared wind assessment information, which helped in the siting process and enabled the project to move forward.

SOURCE: John Deere Renewables and John Deere Wind Energy

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