Kentucky utilities get PSC nod to build 10-MW solar farm
Solar Farm. Author: Michael Mees meesphotography.com License: Creative Commons
Dec 23, 2014 - Louisville Gas & Electric Co and Kentucky Utilities Co (LG&E) have received the green light from the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to lead the state’s debut in utility-scale solar by building a 10-MW plant.
The PSC announced the clearance in a statement on Monday.
The photovoltaic (PV) park will be located in Mercer county’s EW Brown generating station and will consist of 260 solar panels. Kentucky Utilities and LG&E will own 61% and 39% stakes in it, respectively, based upon the relative load of the two utilities during daylight hours.
The solar farm is estimated to cost a total of USD 36 million (EUR 29.4m) to build. Every megawatt of installed capacity is expected to produce enough electricity to power 800 local households.
US utility PPL Corp (NYSE:PPL) acquired both Kentucky Utilities and LG&E in 2010. The PSC is an independent agency under the Energy and Environment Cabinet.