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Southern Power has announced its first wind project, the 299MW Kay Wind facility in Kay County, Oklahoma, is fully operational.

The Kay Wind project consists of 130 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens and the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under 20-year power purchase agreements with Westar Energy Inc. in Kansas and Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) in Oklahoma. Westar Energy has contracted for approximately 199MW, and GRDA has contracted for approximately 100MW. Both companies will have the option to either keep or sell the RECs. Apex Clean Energy developed and will operate and maintain the facility. Blattner Energy served as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.