Wind Energy Center
The Pony Express Wind Energy Center in Brown and Nemaha Counties, Kansas will generate clean, American-made energy to meet the nation's growing electricity demand. This project will provide affordable, reliable energy to Kansans and hedge against volatility in electricity cost. The energy from the Pony Express project is projected to be some of the lowest cost electricity in the region.
The project will be a new source of steady, long-term income for participating landowners and counties through lease payments, Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) programs and property taxes, increased economic activity, and job creation.
Over $144 million paid directly to Brown and Nemaha County landowners over an estimated 30-year project life.
Wind power provides a new and significant source of income for landowners. Lease payments provide a steady stream of income, providing a welcome hedge against fluctuations in commodity markets.
Pony Express will employ up to 700 workers at peak construction and is expected to create 25-30 permanent operations and maintenance (O&M) jobs.
Brown and Nemaha Counties will receive annual payments throughout the life of the project. For the first 10 years of operations, Invenergy will make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to each county. From year 11 through the life of the project, Invenergy will pay full-freight property taxes. The total PILOT and payments are estimated to be $140 million over 30 years.
Based in the Midwest, Invenergy is America’s leading independent, privately-held sustainable energy provider. We develop, own and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Invenergy has successfully developed more than 135 projects, totaling over 21,700 megawatts, including wind, solar, natural gas power generation and advanced energy storage projects.
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Invenergy successfully developed, owns and operates the Buckeye Wind Energy Center in Ellis County, Kansas. The project came on line in 2015 and provides an additional source of clean energy for Kansans and our nation.
In 2017 alone, the Buckeye Wind Energy Center contributed more than $3.8 million in local economic benefits including land payments, wages and benefits, and PILOT program payments. Invenergy has other wind and solar developments in various stages of development in Kansas.