“Our Hawthorn power plant is a prime location to showcase Kansas City’s commitment to renewable energy and our city’s forward-thinking progress,” Chuck Caisley, Evergy Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, said. “Bringing this renewable energy to Hawthorn will limit the expense by using infrastructure already in place.”
Evergy plans to build the solar array on 67 acres to the northwest of the Hawthorn plant in northeast Kansas City. The site is expected to include more than 22,000 solar panels and be operational in fall 2022.
The new solar array is part of Evergy’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2045. Those plans include adding 500 MW of renewable energy in the next two years and nearly 4,000 MW in the next 10 years.