Evergy plans 10 MW solar array for Hawthorn plant in KC, Mo.

Jan. 7, 2022
Half of the energy from the installation will be for its Solar Subscription members

Kansas and Missouri energy utility firm Evergy plans to build a solar array on 67 acres of land near its Hawthorn plant in northeast Kansas City, Missouri.

The 10 MW installation, pending regulatory approval, will include over 22,000 solar panels and begin operation in fall 2022.

A total of 5 MW from the installation will be for Evergy’s Solar Subscription program members and the remainder will serve all Evergy customers. Almost 1,200 Evergy customers have subscribed to receive energy from the solar array.

Evergy Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Chuck Caisley explained, “Our Hawthorn power plant is a prime location to showcase Kansas City’s commitment to renewable energy and our city’s forward-thinking progress. Bringing this renewable energy to Hawthorn will limit the expense by using infrastructure already in place.”

The new installation is part of the firm’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. The plan includes 500 MW of renewable energy in the next two years and almost 4 GW in the next 10 years.

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