Owner’s Engineer Services for Wind Project Development
With a goal of adding 500 megawatts of wind power to its generation portfolio, Westar looked to forge partnerships with wind developers to transform this goal into reality. We helped Westar evaluate more than 20 wind power proposals and, as Owner's Engineer, screened a smaller group for detailed experience in construction and operation of wind projects as well as turbine type and availability. We evaluated project schedules, wind assessments, status of engineering and environmental review and permitting.
Westar used the information to short-list seven projects for further due-diligence. We reviewed engineering and environmental project elements and participated in developer interviews. Relying on several criteria, including project construction, permitting and site considerations, we further evaluated the proposals and additional developer information to develop a series of portfolio options and remained involved with Westar during balance-of-plant purchase for associated wind projects. Since 2008, wind energy from three separate projects have successfully become a part of Westar's generation portfolio.