As a traditional agricultural leader and a state blessed with tremendous natural resources, Kansas is positioned to be a forerunner in renewable energy production. Our state's central location and excellent transportation infrastructure provide convenient and economical access for wind energy and bioenergy operations. Ranked second in the nation for wind energy potential, Kansas has vast opportunities to expand the wind generation that can be produced in this state. In bioenergy, Kansas City is the nation’s largest rail center by tonnage, handling the transportation and logistics of the nation’s biomass for processing.
We’re poised for the future with 15 operating biofuel facilities, with additional ethanol and biodiesel facilities on the horizon, including Abengoa Bioenergy’s first commercial-scale hybrid biomass plant. 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.
Kansas has an excellent solar rating, and international companies such as AGC Flat Glass, a world leader in the production of solar glass, have found the state an ideal location to serve the U.S. market. The state’s wind and solar manufacturing incentive supports investment in solar module and supply chain manufacturing facilities. Strong workforce training and customized training programs assure solar equipment manufacturers and suppliers of an educated workforce.
A supportive business climate, a diverse portfolio of financial incentives and a commitment to be a leader in alternative energy make Kansas an excellent choice for your business.
Located in the heart of the nation’s Wind Corridor, Kansas offers an ideal location 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. Ranked second in the nation for wind energy potential, Kansas doubled it's wind generation in 2012, reflecting $3.0 billion in new investment with over 2,700 megawatts of wind generation in operation currently, with plenty of room for more. In fact, 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.
Siemens Energy chose Kansas as the site of the company’s new wind turbine production facility, citing the state’s 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. Several years ago, Cloud County Community College started a Wind Energy Technician program – one of just a handful nationally – to meet the growing demands of the wind industry. The program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, as well as a one-year Certificate Program.
The Kansas Wind Applications Center at Kansas State University offers unique educational opportunities for students, 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 (NIAR) 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.
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 distillers wet 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 either in the process of receiving permits or in the construction phase. Abengoa Bioenergy, a leader in biofuel production, selected Kansas for the development of its first commercial-scale hybrid biomass plant. The company cited the significant supply of biomass and the strong state and local support for the project.
Kansas is also 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 Bioenergy and Biorefining Center of Innovation, which unites key industry players such as Archer Daniels Midland with the 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 various research initiatives targeting biomass materials as alternative feedstocks for conversion into biofuels.
The State of 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. 2014 Kansas Ethanol and Biodiesel Plant Map
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, including Johnson County Community College, which is developing a solar electric photovoltaic training program. 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.