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Renewable Energy

Powerful Opportunity

As an agricultural leader and a state blessed with tremendous natural resources, Kansas is well positioned to be a forerunner in renewable energy production.

Our state's central location and excellent transportation infrastructure provide convenient and economical access for renewable energy operations.

Wind Energy

Located in the heart of the nation’s Wind Corridor and ranked second in the nation for wind energy potential, Kansas wind generation has been skyrocketing. Projections indicate that by 2030, the state’s power system could provide 7,000 megawatts for export from wind energy each year. Kansas is committed to the growth of this industry through the development of additional wind farms and a strong supply chain.

Kansas is ideal for wind turbine manufacturing. Our central location and outstanding transportation infrastructure provide convenient and economical access to the regions with the greatest wind energy activity.

Siemens Energy chose Kansas for a wind turbine production facility, citing transportation advantages, pro-business climate and new financial incentives for wind manufacturing projects. A Kansas location offers companies in the wind supply chain ideal access to the new Siemens nacelle plant and numerous other manufacturers in the region. In fact, at least six major wind turbine manufacturers have nacelle production plants within a 500-mile radius of Kansas.

Support for the wind industry can also be seen in our educational institutions. When Cloud County Community College started its wind energy technician program, it was one of just a handful nationally. The program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy, as well as a one-year certificate program. Colby County Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy, with one- and two-year wind energy certificate programs.

The Kansas Wind Applications Center at Kansas State University offers unique educational opportunities for electrical engineers, and the Kansas Wind for Schools program encourages participating schools to incorporate wind energy education into their science curriculum.

Kansas is also home to a rapidly developing industrial cluster of firms specializing in composites and polymers, offering expertise and resources in the field of advanced materials research and production.

Research and development support is available through resources such as the renowned National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University, a recognized leader in the field of composites and advanced materials. Research on wind turbine blades has been conducted at NIAR using the institute’s Fatigue and Fracture Lab, as well as wind tunnels for aerodynamic testing. Specialized composites-related training programs are offered at area universities and technical colleges covering production processes such as hand lay-up, vacuum bag/autoclave, resin transfer molding, spray-up and bulk molding compounds.

Renewable Fuels & Bioenergy

Kansas ranks fourth in total biomass production, with companies benefiting from economical access to feedstock for bio-based fuels, as well as proximity to feedlots that serve as a market for the animal feed resulting from biofuel byproducts. With 3 million head of cattle on feed in southwest Kansas, biofuel plants can enjoy the cost savings of sending out wet distillers grains to nearby feedlots.

Kansas has 15 operating biofuel facilities with a combined permitted capacity exceeding 525 million gallons per year. Additional ethanol and biodiesel facilities are being developed.

Kansas is home to industry leader ICM, which has designed and built many of the nation’s ethanol plants and was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of four small-scale biorefinery companies to lead biomass-to-ethanol research efforts using innovative conversion technologies.

The state is investing in collaborative bioenergy research to bring cellulosic ethanol solutions to the marketplace using non-food sources such as switchgrass, corn fiber and sorghum. Other initiatives include the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, which unites key industry players such as Archer Daniels Midland with world-class research and development efforts at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. The Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis at KU is also involved in research initiatives using alternative feedstocks for conversion into biofuels.

Kansas offers a diverse portfolio of financial incentives to Kansas businesses and producers engaged in conventional and renewable energy production. State tax credits are available for projects that convert waste heat or biomass to energy, or otherwise offset local power usage via renewable sources. Numerous development incentives, including incentive payments, income tax credits, sales tax exemptions, financial assistance for training and property tax exemptions are available to producers, retail dealers and individuals that utilize alternative energy sources.


Solar Energy

Kansas has a great solar rating, and international companies such as AGC Flat Glass, a world leader in the production of solar glass, have found the state to be an ideal location from which to serve the U.S. market. Companies also benefit from the state’s transportation network, predictable utility costs and reliable utility services.

The state’s strong workforce and customized training programs offer further advantages to solar equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Various educational institutions are creating specialized solar programs. Johnson County Community College offers a certificate program for solar thermal and solar photovoltaic installers, and an Associate of Applied Science degree for designers, technicians and installers in a full spectrum of solar hardware, software and best practices.

Additionally, a $20 million award from the National Science Foundation will support global climate change and renewable energy research in a statewide program that includes Kansas research universities. One of the key areas of research involves exploring the use of nanotechnology to harness solar energy.

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Susan NeuPoth Cadoret Director, Business & Community Development Email (785) 296-5298 LinkedIn

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