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Duke Energy Corp. to build second Kansas wind farm

Duke Energy Corp. today said it plans to build another wind farm in Kansas.

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Charlotte-based Duke, will build, own and operate the 131-megawatt Cimarron II Windpower Project in Gray County, approximately 200 miles west of Wichita.

Duke said it purchased the project from Silver Spring, Md.-based CPV Renewable Energy Co.

Duke did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

CPV will continue to own the first phase of the project, Cimarron I.

Kansas City Power & Light will purchase all of the electricity and renewable-energy credits produced by Cimarron II under the terms of a 20-year agreement.

Duke plans to start construction on Cimarron II in the fall and have it operating by June. Duke said the wind farm, which will be on 16,000 acres of leased farmland, will be able to generate enough electricity to power nearly 40,000 homes.

Duke owns nine U.S. wind farms: four in Wyoming, three in Texas, one in Colorado and one in Pennsylvania.

Cimarron II is the second wind farm Duke plans to build in Kansas.

In May, Duke announced plans to build the 168-megawatt Ironwood Windpower Project in Ford County, Kan.

Duke said it has invested more than $1.5 billion to grow its commercial wind and solar power businesses since 2007.

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