Evergy's Hawthorn power plant is now home to 10 MW of new solar energy. From the array, 5 MW will serve customers who selected to participate in Evergy’s Solar Subscription program, an additional megawatt will serve participants in an income-qualified subscription program for Missouri customers and the remaining 4 MW will serve all Evergy Missouri customers. In the future, the 4 MW will transition to the future needs of Missouri West and Missouri Metro Solar Subscription participants to meet demand for future customer enrollment in the program.
“Using Hawthorn’s existing land and infrastructure provided Evergy the opportunity to construct one of the most cost-effective and the largest solar subscription facilities in Missouri,” said Chuck Caisley, Evergy senior vice president and chief customer officer. “Customers will benefit from these savings for years to come through access to economic local renewable generation.”
The new solar array sits on 67 acres to the northwest of the Hawthorn plant in northeast Kansas City, Mo. The site includes more than 22,000 solar panels and is the largest solar subscription array in Missouri. Annually, the array will produce nearly 21,000 MWh of solar energy.
Over half of the renewable energy produced onsite is available to customers who enroll in Evergy’s Solar Subscription program, which is available to Kansas Metro, Missouri Metro, and Missouri West customers. Nearly 1,500 Evergy customers have subscribed to energy from the solar array through Solar Subscription to date. Additional customers can subscribe to the program on evergy.com
Evergy is committed to investing in renewable energy for a sustainable future. About half the energy Evergy produces comes from carbon-free sources, including about a third from renewable energy sources.