WICHITA, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (“Spirit” or “Spirit AeroSystems”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPR), today announced the conversion to 100% wind-generated electricity at the company’s headquarters in Kansas, USA. This major energy transition is one of a number of initiatives accelerating Spirit’s transformation to more environmentally responsible operations.
“Harnessing a local renewable and reliable resource dramatically reduces our corporate carbon emissions, a key priority for Spirit in achieving our sustainability goals,” said Tom Gentile, president and CEO of Spirit AeroSystems. “Improving both our environmental and operational performance builds competitiveness in our business, which means we can continue to support our local economy and secure our long-term future in Kansas.”
The Spirit Wichita facility employs approximately 10,000 people and has 12 million square feet of manufacturing capacity where it builds fuselages and other aerostructures for Boeing, Airbus, and Defense contractors. The conversion to Wichita’s facility increases Spirit’s global renewable electricity percentage to 75%.
“Renewable energy is a key component of our strategy to achieve a 30% absolute reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions from our operations by 2030,” said Chris Ladwig, senior director & sustainability leader at Spirit AeroSystems. “Transitioning our Wichita site to 100% wind electricity greatly accelerates our ability to meet this target.”
Spirit Wichita’s wind power will come from 62 wind turbines that are part of a wind farm called Flat Ridge 3 in Kingman County that is owned and operated by a subsidiary of American Electric Power. Spirit then has an agreement with Evergy which enables the company to purchase clean electricity at a competitive cost via a long-term contract, significantly increasing the operational efficiency of its largest global site.
“Abundant wind energy resources in our area provide great opportunities to serve Evergy customers with affordable, clean energy,” said Chuck Caisley, Evergy senior vice president and chief customer officer. “Wind energy development also brings economic investment and jobs to communities near wind farms.”
“Our Flat Ridge 3 wind project adds more clean energy to AEP’s nearly 1,600 megawatt portfolio of competitive wind, solar and storage assets,” said Greg Hall, executive vice president of Energy Supply, AEP. “This project not only supplies renewable energy to Evergy customers, but also provides valuable economic benefits, such as tax revenue and jobs, to communities in Kingman County.”
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About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. We are leveraging decades of design and manufacturing expertise to be the most innovative and reliable supplier of military aerostructures, and specialty high-temperature materials, enabling warfighters to execute complex, critical missions. Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco. More information is available at www.spiritaero.com.
About AEP’s Competitive Operations
American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) subsidiaries AEP Renewables, AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, and OnSite Partners deliver a wide array of innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. With a commitment to a clean energy future, AEP’s competitive businesses currently own over 1,900 megawatts of wind, solar and energy storage on both a utility scale and distributed scale basis. Solving energy problems for customers, AEP Renewables and its affiliates own and operate over 90 behind-the-meter projects in 26 different states and have an active development pipeline across the U.S. As a competitive retail and wholesale electricity and natural gas supplier, AEP Energy serves over 700,000 residential and business customers in 28 service territories in six states and Washington, D.C. As one of the largest wholesale suppliers in the country, AEP Energy Partners specializes in offering customized wholesale power supply products based on the specific needs of customers’ electric systems within ERCOT, MISO, PJM and SPP. AEP Energy Partners also sells renewable energy through long-term contracts with utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities and corporate customers. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois and San Diego, California, AEP’s family of competitive companies takes pride in making it easy for customers and partners to buy, manage and use energy. For more information, visit www.aeprenewables.com.
About Evergy, Inc.
Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG) serves approximately 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. We were formed in 2018 when long-term local energy providers KCP&L and Westar Energy merged. We generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.
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