Utilities unveil Kentucky's largest solar power plant

Rendering of solar facility at E.W. Brown Generating Station

BURGIN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have unveiled the state's largest solar facility.

Multiple news outlets report that the companies showcased the solar plant Tuesday at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Burgin. The complex features a hydroelectric plant, three coal-fired generating units and seven natural gas-fired combustion turbines.

Utilities CEO Paul W. Thompson says the facility is already producing electricity, although the plant won't be finished until May or June. He says the facility is expected to produce 19,000 MW-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power 1,500 homes for a year.

As of Tuesday, about 13,000 of the 44,600 solar panels have been installed.

Utilities director Scott Straight says the plant was built because customers are demanding more environmentally responsible ways to generate electricity.

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