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Commencing operations, Ørsted has initiated the Sunflower Wind, an onshore wind farm situated in Marion County, Kansas, within the United States. Marking Ørsted’s 13th operational wind farm in the country, Sunflower Wind boasts a capacity to supply energy to over 70,000 homes.
Beyond delivering cost-effective, renewable energy, Sunflower Wind is poised to contribute economic advantages to its host community and the state economies. The project incorporates an innovative aircraft detection lighting system, ensuring that the night-time lights on the wind turbines only blink when aircraft are detected. This measure is designed to minimize light pollution for residents in the vicinity.
Currently, Ørsted has almost 6 GW of operational or under-construction onshore renewable energy capacity. The goal is to achieve a global onshore renewable energy capacity of 17.5 GW by the close of the decade.
David Hardy, Group Executive Vice President and CEO of Region Americas at Ørsted, said, “We’re thrilled to celebrate this achievement and our first clean energy project in Kansas with the community, legislators, and our participating landowners. With Sunflower Wind, we now have 13 operational wind farms in the US, generating 832 MW in the Southwest Power Pool.”