Corporate renewable demand prompts coal-heavy Kentucky utilities to build solar

first_imgCorporate renewable demand prompts coal-heavy Kentucky utilities to build solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lexington Herald Leader:The amount of solar energy produced in Kentucky would increase dramatically under a plan announced Thursday. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities said they have asked state regulators to approve contracts to buy power from a 100-megawatt solar facility in Hardin County.The array has not been built but would be ready to use by 2022 under the deal, according to an application filed with the state Public Service Commission.LG&E and KU said the project involving the planned 100-megawatt facility was a response to customers’ desire for power from renewable sources. Under the proposal filed with the PSC, LG&E and KU would buy all the power from the solar facility, then sell half of it to the Toyota plant in Georgetown and 25 percent of it to the Dow Silicones Corporation plant in Carrollton.Toyota and Dow approached the utilities with an interest in buying electricity from renewable sources, according to their application to the PSC.“As we continue to evolve with our customers’ increased demands for renewable energy, we are partnering with them to create customized solutions, as we’ve done in this case, to help them grow and prosper in the Commonwealth, which in turn creates economic vitality for our communities and residents,” said David Sinclair, vice president of energy supply and analysis for LG&E and KU.The price LG&E and KU would pay for the power from the solar facility over the 20-year contract “compares favorably” to the cost of power generated from coal and natural gas, the utilities said in their application. The amount the utilities will pay for the electricity was redacted from the application.[Bill Estep]More: Utilities propose Kentucky’s largest solar power array, mostly for Toyota and Dowlast_img

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