Today, the City of West Plains, Mo., said it will be providing solar power to the community through a new 9.6-MW solar array that will be built by Evergy. Evergy is the recently announced new name of Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) and Westar, after they merged last year. They announced the new name earlier this month.
The announcement comes as the City of West Plains celebrates Public Power Week. “We are excited to add solar to the energy sources that power our community. The solar project with Evergy will give us an opportunity to provide education opportunities about renewable energy and provide rate stability for the future,” said Jeff Hanshaw, City of West Plains Public Works Director.
Evergy said it has a strong commitment to renewable energy and that solar arrays are a part of their power generation portfolios in both Kansas and Missouri.
Evergy’s Energy Partners division offers comprehensive energy management solutions, asset optimization, risk management and advisory services and renewable energy options to utilities, large industrial customers and independent power producers.
“Evergy is excited to share our renewable energy expertise as part of our community-based solar partnership with the City of West Plains,” said Lloyd Jackson, Managing Director of Evergy Energy Partners. “The solar array will provide affordable green energy to the community for many years to come.”
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