Proposed solar array at Daviess Co. landfill discussed

Officials in a western Kentucky county are looking in to producing green energy at a county facility.

Daviess County Judge Executive Al Mattingly says he will submit a proposal later this year for a solar array at the Daviess County landfill. He discussed the idea with the Sierra Club's Pennyrile Group in Owensboro on Thursday night. It would be on a 20 to 40 acre part of the landfill that's capped and would produce electricity.

"We're probably not going to produce great quantities of energy that can be sold on the open market, but probably could produce enough energy to take care of our needs out at the landfill," Mattingly says.

"I think if they are able to be a leader and show, for example, that this is possible, I think a lot of other companies and maybe city utilities can see it would be a great opportunity," adds Kari Miller of the Sierra Club Pennyrile Group.

Mattingly also says if approved, it may be a few years until any solar panels are installed.

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(This story was originally published on March 8, 2018)

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