Washburn plans to provide most electricity from wind

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Washburn University in Topeka says it is committed to providing most of its energy from a Westar wind farm in the future.

Washburn and Westar Energy announced Monday they have signed a 20-year agreement for energy produced by a new wind farm.

Under the agreement, the university will buy 4 megawatts of energy from a 300-megawatt wind farm that Westar will build in Nemaha County in northeast Kansas. The university said in a news release that would provide about 80 percent of the energy needs for Washburn and the Washburn Tech campuses. The new wind farm is expected to provide energy by the fourth quarter of 2020.

"We want to make sure we're doing the right thing by signing a contract like this and reducing our cost and truly making it a renewable campus," Washburn President Jerry Farley said.

Farley says the agreement will save the university up to $100,000 a year.