Graham County takes another step toward wind farm

Wind Farm (KSN File Photo)
Wind Farm (KSN File Photo)

HILL CITY, Kan. (AP) — A northwest Kansas county is closer to having its own 70-megawatt wind farm.

The Graham County Commission has approved a conditional use permit for the Ringneck Prairie Wind Farm 6 miles south of Hill City.

The Hays Daily News reports that details remain to be worked out, but last week’s approval of the conditional-use permit, as well as road and payment agreements, means the project is on track.

The county’s economic development director, Kirk Schweitzer, says road work, pad sites, underground power lines and other steps could be completed in the fall, with towers going up next spring.

The wind farm is expected to create eight permanent jobs once it is operating. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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