Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) have begun progress on their new E.W. Brown Generating Station, a utility-scale solar facility in Mercer County, Kentucky.
With construction slated to begin in November, the utilities have finalized an EPC contract with Amec Foster Wheeler, a company with experience in utility-scale solar projects. Site construction is projected to take six months and create about 75 full-time construction positions.
Once complete, the facility will be the state’s largest photovoltaic installation. The 10-MW, 45,000-panel plant will occupy about 50 acres, with solar panels installed on a fixed-tilt rack system. The facility is expected to produce at full potential for about 400 hours a year, generating 19,000 MW of electricity annually.
"Our new solar facility will allow us to learn more about this technology,” said LG&E and KU Chief Operating Officer Paul W. Thompson. “From a pragmatic standpoint, we'll learn how commercial-scale solar energy is impacted by factors such as cloud cover, and how it integrates with our existing generating units."