Sunflower Breaks Ground on Johnson Corner Solar
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (SEPC) and Lightsource BP have broken ground on SEPC’s in house developed 20MWac Johnson Corner solar project in Stanton county Kansas. SEPC has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Lightsource BP, which will build, own, and operate Kansas’ largest solar facility to date. Johnson Corner Solar Project is the result of NRCO and SEPC collaborating together to fully develop a shovel ready project. NRCO helped SEPC select the optimal site by scoring and ranking each potential site based on solar irradiance, impacts on LMPs, and grid impacts on harmonics and voltage control. Next, NRCO helped SEPC navigate the SPP Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) process by estimating and organizing costs, defining system impacts, and developing a timeline that fit the needs of SEPC’s. NRCO then led and managed the RFP, rebidding the process twice to allow participants to rebid after the Section 201 tariffs were known, allowing developers to submit their best offers. NRCO then worked with SEPC to sell the development to Lightsource BP and become the PPA off-taker. Johnson Corner Solar Project is currently slated for commercial operation in 1st quarter 2020.
The full SEPC/Lightsource BP press release can be found here