Kansas Governor Signs Bill to Attract Renewable Energy Jobs

April 07, 2009

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has signed legislation to modify the Kansas Economic Revitalization and Reinvestment Act to draw new renewable energy jobs and businesses to the state.

Senate bill 108 revises the Economic Revitalization and Reinvestment Act to provide economic incentives to eligible wind or solar energy projects. Eligible projects relate to the research, development, engineering, or manufacturing of a business component or product for either the wind or solar energy industries. An eligible project would also require a minimum of $30 million of proposed investments in Kansas. Additionally, the project would have to employ a minimum of 200 full-time employees within five years, at an average salary of at least $32,500.

"To recover from this economic recession, we must look to new industries and new opportunities. Renewable energy companies are a perfect fit for Kansas as we’re the third best state in the nation for wind energy and we have a trained and able workforce," Sebelius said. "Kansas wind can provide the energy we need and create sustainable jobs right here at home."

For more information, see the governor's April 6 press release and the bill (PDF 38 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

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