Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Coal Power Generator To Build Solar Farm in Kentucky

This could be huge.  East Kentucky Power is the coal-generating utility that supplies electricity to the rural electric cooperatives that keep the lights on in rural homes and businesses throughout Kentucky.

For decades, East Kentucky Power has been the biggest obstacle to reforming energy generation, sale and use in Kentucky.  Or in other words, the biggest shill for Big Coal.

While a few small utilities like the one serving Berea have built solar farms for their own customers, East Kentucky Power and its client RECCs have responded to customer pleas for renewable energy with "Fuck off and die, you dirty hippies; Coal RULZ."

Until now.

The East Kentucky Power Cooperative is applying to build a 60-acre solar facility in Clark County.

The Winchester Sun reports (http://bit.ly/29VJ6Ms ) that the utility has filed its application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to install 32,000 photovoltaic panels on property next to its offices on U.S. Highway 60.

Spokesman Kevin Osbourn says the 8.5 megawatt project could be completed by the end of next year if gains approval by the PSC.

Funding for the $18 million project would come from New Clean Energy Renewable Energy Bonds with federal incentives to offset interest.
 The solar facility is part of the utility's plan to diversify its power generation capabilities and to give customers a choice to buy renewable energy.

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