Sunflower Electric Power Corporation was founded on the principles that we are stewards of the land and much effort should be spent to preserve the Kansas landscape we call home. Sunflower takes pride in its environmental stewardship efforts and programs, some of which are described below.
- One of the first utilities to meet the Governor’s goal of having 10 percent of peak generation supplied by wind by 2010, three years ahead of schedule.
- In 2012, Sunflower installed state-of-the-art low NOX burners (LNB) and a separate over-fire air (OFA) system specifically designed for the HL1 boiler. This new equipment reduced the units NOX emissions by nearly 50 percent without sacrificing combustion performance of the boiler.
- In 2005, Sunflower received the Technology Achievement Award by the Electric Power Research Institute for the Mercury Control Project for “championing the successful completion of the activated carbon injection mercury control project at Sunflower Electric Corporation Holcomb Station.”
- Participant in 2003 carbon-activated lime injection studies, which led to an 85 percent reduction of mercury emissions at HL1.
- Participant in the 2000 low-NOx burner tests in an effort to reduce emissions of nitrous oxide, which eventually led to new burner technology used to produce cleaner emissions. In February 2012, Sunflower completed a permitted low-NOx burner project on HL1.
- KWEA (Kansas Water Environmental Association) Plant Award received in 1995, 1997, and 1998.
- No EPA violations since 1985.
- Holcomb Station operates below permitted emissions levels and has had a superior record of operation for the last 25 years.