Location, Location, Location
One look at the map above will tell you Liberal, Kansas is ideally located to access the wind. In the heart of the central U.S. wind corridor, Liberal has excellent highway, railroad and air access. Liberal is on both Highway 54 and Highway 83 and is a designated Union Pacific wind distribution center. Wind speed at 100 m (m/s) is between 8.5 to 9.5 making our county a great area for wind development!
Wind energy production is Kansas has been growing rapidly and installed capacity stands at 6,128 megawatts, which according to AWEA, ranks 4th in the country and represents $11.4 billion in capita investment.. Projects now under development should boost that to about 7,530 megawatts in 2020 including some new development here in Seward County. Kansas ranks 5th in the county for number of wind turbines at 3,160.
In 2019, Kansas generated 41% of its electricity from wind power, ranking second in the nation for wind energy as a share of total electricity generation. This wind energy translates into savings for electricity customers.
Ready & Waiting
Large, affordable tracts of land are available in Seward County and in Liberal, Kansas. Local incentives for qualifying businesses include industrial revenue bonds, a 10-year property tax exemption for property used in the generation of electricity from renewable sources, and infrastructure improvements within the City’s industrial parks. The City works with state and federal agencies to customize incentive packages based primarily on job creation, wages and overall investment in the community.
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Liberal’s workforce, experienced in manufacturing and resource extraction, will adapt perfectly to the wind industry. The labor force is diverse, including skilled and semi-skilled workers with a variety of technical and educational backgrounds. In addition, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School partners with local businesses to tailor workforce development programs to their needs.
For manufacturing… for operations & maintenance… for warehousing… for all things wind… Liberal is where you need to be for easy transportation, affordable land, a diligent workforce…
-and did we mention wind? If your business is expanding and proximity to wind is important, consider Liberal, Kansas. We’re ready to go to work for you!