Southern Power to build 200-MW wind farm in Kansas after deal with Royal Caribbean

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October 11 (Renewables Now) - Southern Co's (NYSE:SO) subsidiary Southern Power will build a 200-MW wind farm in Kansas after a deal with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:RCL).

The Reading wind facility, located in Osage and Lyon Counties, is expected to generate some 760,000 MWh per year over the 12-year agreement, or enough clean energy to offset 10%-12% of Royal Caribbean's annual carbon emissions.

The deal provides Southern Power with the economic basis to construct the project, according to an announcement today.  

The project was originally developed by Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), which will lead construction together with Southern Power. Building work is set to start in the second quarter of 2019 and be completed by the second quarter of 2020. The wind farm is expected to be made up of 62 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines.

"Reading Wind celebrates the first project in our joint development agreement with RES America Developments Inc. (RES), qualifying for 100 percent production tax credits and is an important addition to Southern Power's portfolio," said Southern Power president and chief executive Mark Lantrip.   

Southern Power will operate and maintain the wind park following completion.

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