LG&E/KU Unveiling Kentucky’s First Utility-Scale Solar Energy System

Apr 18, 2016

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are unveiling the company’s first solar array Tuesday. The solar array was approved in 2014 by state regulators, and is Kentucky’s first utility-scale solar energy system.

The 10 megawatt solar installation is next to the coal-fired Brown power plant in Mercer County, and includes 45,000 solar panels. It will provide enough electricity to power about 1500 homes.

When it was approved, the utilities estimated the project would cost about $36 million, and wouldn’t have a major impact on customers’ utility rates.