Hays, Kan.—March 29, 2022—Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and the Russell County Commission came to agreement on a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the first ten years of the Sunflower @ Russell Solar Project on March 21.
Since current Kansas law provides a 10-year property tax exemption for renewable energy projects, Sunflower offered a PILOT to the county. The payment illustrates Sunflower’s appreciation for the ability to site the project in Russell County and helps to support the county’s infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, that will be used during the construction of the solar facility.
Next steps include finalizing the Generation Interim Interconnection Agreement with the Southwest Power Pool and determining whether Sunflower will self-build or contract with a third party. At each juncture, the Sunflower Board of Directors will evaluate the project to ensure it remains in the best interest of Sunflower’s member-owners and the thousands of Kansans they serve.