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. ‘McCracken County Solar’ is scheduled to be constructed and commence operations in 2022.
Public Information Events
Community Energy conducted two public information events designed to provide an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the project, ask questions, and provide comments:
In-Person Office Hours:
Community Energy hosted in-person “office hours” 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:
Community Energy held a live web-based presentation of the project, 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:
If you were unable to attend either of these events, and would like to ask questions or receive additional information, please email us at email@example.com, or call our toll-free number at (866) 946-3123.
About the Project
The proposed ‘McCracken County Solar’ project is a 60 MW solar farm to be located 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 solar farm 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 – roughly ½ the amount of electricity consumed by all the households in McCracken County.
Already, 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 sustainable supplier of power to Big Rivers, McCracken County Solar seeks to be a good neighbor and a contributing member of the business community. ‘McCracken County Solar’ is scheduled to be constructed and begin operations in 2022.
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 farms do more than generate low-cost electricity. They also generate economic growth. The McCracken County Solar project will impact the local economy in multiple ways:
- Construction Jobs for local workers: +/- 150 jobs during the 6-9 month construction of the project.
- Construction Contracts for local businesses: Electrical, Site Work, Landscape, etc.
- Local Economic Stimulus during construction: Hotels, Restaurants, Shops, Entertainment, etc.
- Long-term Tax Revenue: The solar farm will pay substantial taxes over 20+ years, without increased pressure on community services such as roads, schools, libraries, and first responders.
- Full-Time Operations and Maintenance Jobs: 2-3 full-time equivalent O&M jobs.
County Permitting Process
Community Energy will seek a Conditional Use Permit for the McCracken County Solar project from the McCracken County Planning Commission in the spring of 2021. Public notices announcing related meetings and public hearings will be published in The Paducah Sun.
State Permitting Process
Community Energy will seek a Construction Certificate for the McCracken County Solar project from the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting (the “Siting Board”) in 2021. Public notices announcing related meetings and public hearings will be published on this website, and in The Paducah Sun.
The Siting Board will review the proposed solar farm, 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
Community Energy is a leading renewable energy developer with over 20 years of experience and developed many of the first and largest wind and solar projects in the United States. This includes over 1,300 MW of solar farms similar to our proposed McCracken County Solar project. Community Energy is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania with offices in Boulder, Colorado, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
For more information about Community Energy, please visit https://www.communityenergyinc.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 P.O. Box 17236, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
For more information, please contact us:
Toll Free Number: (866) 946-3123