County Commission to consider proposed Kansas Sky Energy Center during special business meeting on April 13

February 6, 2024 1:55 pm


The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office is currently processing a conditional-use permit, or CUP, application from Free State Solar Project, LLC for a commercial/utility scale solar energy conversion system use, commonly referred to as a solar farm, on approximately 1,105 acres of property northeast of Lawrence in Grant Township.

The applicant is proposing to develop a commercial/utility scale Solar Energy Conversion System to be known as the Kansas Sky Energy Center. As proposed, Evergy would build, own, and operate the project pending regulatory approvals.

The proposed project is an up to 159-megawatt alternating current (MWac) photo voltaic (PV) solar energy facility. If approved, the project is anticipated to produce renewable energy capable of supplying electricity to about 30,000 Kansas homes annually. The applicant is requesting a 25-year CUP term. The applicant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Savion, LLC.

The proposed facility would be located west of the intersection of U.S. Highways 24 and 59 with one parcel at the northwest corner of East 1400 and U.S. Highway 24/59 and another in the southwest corner of the intersection of East 1500 and North 2000 roads in Grant Township. Here's a site map.

The CUP request was reviewed by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Dec. 18, 2023. On a 4-4 vote, the Planning Commission failed to make a recommendation, and, therefore, it was deemed to have made a recommendation of denial to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Board of County Commissioners will have a work session about the request for the conditional-use permit (CUP-23-00312), at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. (The location will be determined at a later date due to potential construction in the Commission meeting room in the Courthouse.) During the work session, Commissioners will receive a staff report and a presentation from the applicant. No action or public comment will be taken by Commissioners during the work session.

The Board of County Commissioners will have a special business meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, to hear public comment, discuss the CUP, and consider action on the item. (The location will be determined at a later date due to potential construction in the Commission meeting room in the Courthouse.)

Public comments can be submitted at https://www.douglascountyks.org/county-commission/contact or by emailing publiccomment@douglascountyks.org.


Related Documents

Kansas Sky Energy Center site map.pdf

Related Links

Contact: Karrey Britt, Communications Specialist, kbritt@douglascountyks.org

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