This week, ACCIONA said it has received the go-ahead to construct its first Kentucky solar farm from the state’s siting board. The 188-MW Fleming County project is one of four in Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois that were part of a power purchase agreement with Amazon announced last year.
The project is a significant step forward for solar energy in Kentucky, and has the opportunity to more than double the installed solar capacity in Kentucky, according to data from the Solar Energy Industry Association and recently approved Kentucky projects.
The project was the first to go through the public hearing process now required for projects in the state.
ACCIONA will invest almost $200 million to build the Fleming County Solar Farm. The project will create up to 300 jobs during construction and add revenue to the local tax base to support the county and local school districts. In addition, the project will be part of ACCIONA’s Social Impact Management program, which reinvests a portion of the project’s annual revenue into community efforts to improve education, wellness and environmental stewardship.
In December, ACCIONA announced an agreement with Amazon to provide 641 MW of clean energy to the corporation from projects in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. ACCIONA plans to break ground on a 100-MW Illinois project that is part of that agreement next month. Two additional projects remain in review with state permitting authorities.
ACCIONA said it plans to build nearly 1,200 MW of new solar capacity by the end of 2023.
“We are incredibly excited to receive this approval from the Kentucky Siting Board, and thank The Board for this order,” said Joaquín Castillo, CEO of ACCIONA Energy in the US. “We believe the Fleming County Solar Farm can be a key piece of post-pandemic economic recovery for the County, and will be a model for future solar development in Kentucky.”
Source: Renewable Energy