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Infinity Renewables inks 1st off-take contract for Kan. wind project

Infinity Renewables LLC signed the first off-take agreement for the output of its proposed 400-MW Iron Star wind project in Kansas.

The Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission agreed to purchase 200 MW from the Ford County-based project under a long-term contract, according to a Jan. 24 news release. Energy generated from the wind facility will be delivered to the utility's customers in Missouri through the proposed 600-kV Grain Belt Express transmission line.

Clean Line Energy Partners is building the high-voltage, direct-current line that will run roughly 780 miles from Ford County, Kan., through Missouri and Illinois before terminating in Sullivan, Ind. The line would be capable of carrying up to 4,000 MW from wind facilities into the PJM Interconnection LLC market. Clean Line Energy Partners closed a solicitation in November 2016 for capacity requests on the Grain Belt Express line.

According to Infinity Renewables, a total of 500 MW of renewable energy and capacity will be available Missouri, including MJMEUC customers.

"We look forward to the additional economic growth that will result from construction of Grain Belt Express Clean Line and the ability to deliver low-cost wind to various markets and further develop Kansas's exceptional wind resource," said Infinity Renewables CEO Matt Riley.