Butler County, Kansas
345kV Benton – Wolf Creek
$550M privately funded
El Dorado Solar is a proposed 500 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar power generation facility in Butler County, Kansas that will turn energy from the sun’s rays into clean, economical and emission-free electricity for up to 125,000 homes. Planned to be built four miles north of El Dorado, Kansas, it is expected to sit on approximately 3,500 acres. The actual acreage covered by solar panels will be much smaller.
The project will use panels that tilt to follow the sun, ensuring the project is generating the maximum amount of energy each day. Operation is quiet with no pollution and infrequent site activity once built. The site will be surrounded by a wildlife-friendly perimeter fence and tree buffers to block most lines of sight, in accordance with the county solar ordinance.
Electricity generated at El Dorado will connect to the 345kV Benton – Wolf Creek transmission line adjacent to the site. No new transmission is proposed.
Constructed expected to start in 2024.
Commercial operation expected by the end of 2025.
Clean Renewable Energy
Solar energy’s many attributes, including clean, quiet, emission-free electricity generation, make it the fastest-growing form of electric generation in the U.S. today.