NJR Clean Energy Ventures has started operating the 48.23-megawatt Alexander wind farm in Rush County, Kansas.
The US$83 million wind farm consists of 21 turbines. NJR Clean Energy Ventures is the unregulated distributed power subsidiary of New Jersey Resources.
The energy produced at the Alexander Wind Farm, as well as the renewable attributes, will be sold under two long-term agreements. The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities has signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement for approximately 50% of the energy. The remaining energy will be purchased through a 15-year agreement by Yahoo!, Inc., the global Internet corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. Yahoo will use the wind power to offset much of its energy usage in the Great Plains region.
NJRCEV expects the wind farm will qualify for federal production tax credits, which are based on kilowatt-hour output. All PTCs generated by the Alexander Wind Farm will be retained by NJR.