Project Development, Wind Power

Partnership Taps the Kansas Breeze

Composite Technology Corporation (CTC) has completed a cooperative initiative with Kansas Wind Power, LLC (KWP) to form a joint venture to utilize CTC’s products for construction, generation and delivery of renewable power.

Irvine, California – December 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Power Purchase Agreements to support a 100 MW installation are pending or in final draft with several carefully selected, socially responsible municipalities, utilities & electric cooperatives, as well as communications centers and teaching facilities in Kansas, said CTC. KWP currently has key wind sites throughout Kansas under license as they develop end-user agreements which will be used in financing this and future projects. Estimates place the completed project value in excess of US$150 million. Despite the costs, it appears to be more than just business for Troy Helming, CEO and Founder of KWP. “I announced that I would spend the rest of my life working to reduce this country’s dependence on foreign oil,” said Helming. “This venture combines KWP’s renewable energy generation management and partners, CTC’s unique composite-based technologies, and Kansas’ environmental-conscious governmental groups and corporations, to take a major step forward as we move to farm the winds of a state that has been called ‘the Saudi Arabia of wind power’.” The initial wind farm location recently was granted Phase 1 permitting for a 102 MW installation. This site could ultimately be expanded to 300 MW. KWP will supply up to 68 wind turbines rated at 1.5 MW each. CTC is to complete an engineering and system integration study in cooperation with KWP and the wind generator suppliers. CTC is then to provide its proprietary wind turbine support and erection systems. CTC will provide up to 175 circuit miles of its proprietary ACCC (aluminum conductor composite core) transmission lines and support structures, as well as structural members for substations and switchyards. CTC’s new, proprietary technology for high strength, light weight wind turbine composite support towers and self-erecting systems provides the lowest cost installation we have seen in the industry,” said Benton Wilcoxon, CEO of Composite Technology Corporation. “We believe our improved capacity power cable, which also has reduced line losses and lower EMF, will set the power product standards for the electrical industry as we continue into the 21st century.”