It has signed a deal with Southern Power, which owns and is co-developing the 200MW Reading facility, providing the economic basis to construct the project.
Power generated by Reading’s 62 Siemens Gamesa turbines will offset part of the cruise holiday company’s emissions for 12 years from 2020 under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program.
In the VCS scheme, developers of certified projects are issued credits that can be traded on the open market and retired by companies looking to offset their own emissions.
Reading is "expected" to consist of 62 Siemens Gamesa turbines — indicating an average power rating of about 3.2MW — but Southern Power has not specified a model.
RES initially developed the 200MW site in Osage and Lyon counties in south-east Kansas, US before Southern Power acquired it in October.
The two companies will jointly develop the project, with RES leading its construction and Southern Power operating and maintaining the facility upon its completion.
They expect to break ground in the second quarter of 2019 and complete the wind farm by the second quarter of 2020.