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Kansas Utility Cuts Ribbon On Its First Community Solar Project


Solar Industry

A crowd including state and local leaders and representatives from Kansas-based utility Westar Energy, Dold Foods and SoCore Energy gathered last week to cut the ribbon on Westar’s first community solar project.

According to Westar, the 1.2 MW installation in South Hutchinson, Kan., includes nearly 4,000 panels and gives customers the choice to receive some of their electricity from solar without installing private generation …

Energy from the community solar plant is available by subscription to Westar customers, and about 20% of the solar energy from the facility is being used at Dold Foods in Wichita, where Hormel Natural Choice bacon products are prepared and packaged.