McCracken County Solar
McCracken County’s Clean Energy Future
In May 2020, Community Energy and Big Rivers Electric Corporation announced an agreement for the supply of 100 megawatts of new solar power to Big Rivers’ energy portfolio for the benefit of their Member-Owners. Sixty megawatts (60MW) will be generated and delivered to Big Rivers’ transmission system by a new solar farm under development by Community Energy in McCracken County, Kentucky. In December 2021, AES acquired Community Energy, and along with it, the McCracken County Solar project. AES is the long-term owner and operator of the McCracken County Solar project. To learn more about the acquisition, click here.
Public Information Events
Two public information events were held in 2021 designed to provide an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the project, ask questions, and provide comments:
In-Person Office Hours: In-person “office hours” were held in Paducah, KY to provide interested parties with a one-on-one opportunity to seek more information.
The In-Person Office Hours were held at the Country Inn and Suites, 145 McBride Lane, Paducah, KY 42001 on Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 7:00am – 9:00pm Central Time (CT) and on Thursday January 14, 2021 from 7:00am – 9:00pm CT.
Virtual Public Information Meeting: A live web-based presentation was held, followed by a live question-and-answer session on Wednesday January 20, 2021 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm CT.
To view a recording of the Virtual Public Information Meeting, click the link below:
About the Project
The proposed McCracken County Solar project is a 60 MW solar project in western McCracken County along New Liberty Church Rd., about 2 ½ miles north of the town of Kevil, Kentucky. The project site includes approximately 615 acres of land. The project will sell 100% of the electricity it generates to Big Rivers Electric Corporation. This facility is expected to produce 140 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year – equating to roughly 50% of the electricity consumed by all the households in McCracken County.
Environmental studies have been conducted to help design and position the solar farm in a way that avoids impacts to wetlands, wildlife, and cultural resources. The proposed system layout will also exceed typical setback requirements for solar farms. In addition to being a safe, reliable, and responsible supplier of power to Big Rivers, McCracken County Solar seeks to be a good neighbor and a contributing member of the business community.
For a PowerPoint presentation of the project, click this link: McCracken County Solar PowerPoint
For maps of the project site, click this link: McCracken County Solar Maps
Solar projects do more than generate reliable, low-cost electricity. They also generate significant economic growth. The McCracken County Solar project can impact the local economy in multiple ways:
- Construction Jobs for local workers: +/- 150 jobs at max peak during the 6-9 month construction of the project.
- Construction Contracts: Electrical, Site Work, Landscape, etc.
- Local Economic Stimulus during construction: Hotels, Restaurants, Shops, Entertainment, etc.
- Long-term Tax Revenue: The project will pay substantial taxes over 20+ years, without increased burden on community services such as roads, schools, libraries, and first responders.
- Full-Time Operations and Maintenance Jobs: Once operational, the project will require 2-3 full-time equivalent O&M jobs.
County Permitting Process
The McCracken County Solar project received approval for Conditional Use Permit from the McCracken County Planning Commission in November 2021. Public notices announcing related meetings and public hearings were published in The Paducah Sun.
State Permitting Process
The McCracken County Solar project received approval for the Construction Certificate from the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting (the “Siting Board”) in October 2021. Public notices announcing related meetings and public hearings were published on this website, and in The Paducah Sun.
The Siting Board will review the proposed solar project, with a focus on three areas:
- Environmental matters
- Economic impacts
- Impact on the electric transmission grid
Find more information about the Siting Board process click this link: Guide to KY Siting Board Process
About Community Energy and AES
The McCracken County Solar project was originally developed by solar developer Community Energy. In December 2021, AES acquired Community Energy, and along with it, the McCracken County Solar project. AES is the long term owner and operator of the McCracken County Solar project. To learn more about the acquisition, click here.
In the US, AES is a leading renewable energy developer and has developed many of the first and largest wind and solar projects in the United States. This includes over 4,700 MW across 450+ projects of clean energy projects in operation in 22 states. AES is currently operating or developing clean energy projects in 48 states. AES is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with local offices throughout the US.
For more information about AES, please visit https://www.aes.com/
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: McCracken County Solar FAQs
To submit new questions about the proposed solar farm, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your questions to 282 Century Pl #2000, Louisville, CO 80027.
For more information, please contact us:
Toll Free Number: (877) 321 -0565
Project Developer, Lauren Brunsdale: