Westar plans for solar installation in Reno County in 2017

Westar Energy (Courtesy: KSNT)
Westar Energy (Courtesy: KSNT)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Westar Energy says it is quickly filling subscriptions for a new 1 megawatt “community solar installation” west of Hutchinson.

The utility says in a news release that construction on the installation will begin in December and the plant is expected to be in service early next year. The plant will include 3,400 panels.

Westar officials say in a news release that 90 percent of the available subscriptions to use the plant have been filled.

Plans for the plant were announced early this year. Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig said about 900 customers had signed up as of early Thursday.

Participants can choose to lock in their energy price for five to 20 years.