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LG&E, KU to build solar facility near Paducah

LG&E, KU to build solar facility near Paducah
LG&E, KU to build solar facility near Paducah
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By Bill Hughes
Oct. 13, 2021 | MCCRACKEN COUNTY
By Bill Hughes Oct. 13, 2021 | 12:23 PM | MCCRACKEN COUNTY
A large electric utility is planning to build a solar facility in McCracken County to provide renewable energy to two universities and three companies. 

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced Wednesday that renewable power provider BrightNight has been awarded a contract to construct a 125-megawatt solar facility in McCracken County. 

LG&E has also filed contracts with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to provide that power to the University of Kentucky, North American Stainless, the University of Louisville, The Chemours Company and Dow. The separate agreements are part of the utility's Green Tariff Option 3, and gives customers like these options to meet their renewable energy goals. 

The agreements say UK will get 44 percent of the solar power, North American Stainless will get 36 percent, UofL and Chemours will each get 8 percent and Dow will get 4 percent. 

The contract with BrightNight is the result of a request for proposals issued in January.

Martin Hermann, BrightNight CEO, said they are excited to support LG&E and KU in this industry-leading project.

He said, "In addition to the clean renewable power produced, the project will also generate significant local economic investment and job creation, making it a model of the clean power market transformation.” 

Maribeth Sawchuk, Vice President of Communications for BrightNight, told West Kentucky Star that the project is the very early stages of development.

Sawchuk said, "We're working with a series of land owners in the area to secure the land necessary for the project, but we're currently in that phase now, so don't have a specific site announcement to share at this point."

The company will keep the community updated as talks progress. 

Costs associated with the facility are not passed along to LG&E or KU customers, they are covered by those who will receive the power.

The solar facility is expected to be completed and commercially available by 2025. 

Along with the project's environmental benefits, BrightNight estimates construction should provide nearly 100 jobs and over $5 million in local labor income, almost $15 million in economic output, and over $650,000 in local tax revenue. 

Once it's operational, the facility should employ 3-6 long-term positions. BrightNight is also working with state officials and regional universities to design training programs in the growing industry. 


Photo of solar cells by David Tulin, Associated Press
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