A Kansas City electrical company has been chosen to oversee an estimated 1,300 construction jobs across Missouri for a proposed high-voltage transmission power line to help deliver wind-generated electricity.
The company, PAR Electrical Contractors, and the powerline developer, Clean Line Energy, signed an agreement Thursday for the 750-mile Grain Belt Express Clean Line project, currently under review by the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Clean Line Energy says the project would make a $500 million investment in the state and help bring power to 200,000 Missouri homes.
PAR has 400 workers in Kansas City and 200 in its St. Louis offices. The announcement of its agreement with Clean Line said it would “work to ensure that many of these construction jobs will be filled by local workers.”
PAR Electric’s president, Steve Adams, said, “We engineer and build high-voltage power lines across the United States, but the opportunity is rare to build new, long-haul transmission lines for renewable energy right in our back yard.”