HENDERSON, Ky (WEHT) Big Rivers Electric Corporation has entered into agreements to purchase power from two solar developers who will build, own and operate their facilities in western Kentucky.
The contract with Geronimo Energy will begin in early 2023. A 160 megawatt solar farm will be built on 1,700 acres at the Henderson/Webster County line and will begin generating energy in early 2024.
The other contract with Community Energy will build solar arrays in Meade and McCracken Counties.
Both contracts are 20-year agreements.
“This is a trend you are seeing across the country,” said Jennifer Keach, Communications Director for Big Rivers. Geronimo Energy officials, who plan to build the new solar farm, estimate it will offset annual carbon dioxide emissions by 255,000 thousand tons annually.
“We thought it was in the best interest of our member-owners to add solar power to our portfolio,” Keach says.
“I think the technology is getting better so even though we live in a part of the country where it’s not only sunny like it is today, the technology is good enough that it can produce the power required for this project,” said Henderson Co. Judge Exec. Brad Schneider.
The plans still require several permits and approvals before they become official. Schneider believes it will generate more business for the county. He says two interested companies recently asked about renewable energy as part of their power portfolio.
“Now, with this, they can point right outside their front door and say, ‘There is the solar farm that we’re going to be providing X amount of renewables as part of your portfolio,” he added.
(This story was originally published on May 27, 2020)