Kentucky gets second large-scale solar project with 160-MW PPA announcement

  • May 29, 2020
  • Solar Power World

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Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, and Big Rivers Electric Corporation announced the PPA for the Unbridled Solar Project in Henderson and Webster Counties, Kentucky. Unbridled Solar is a 160-MW clean solar energy project located in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market, with an expected completion of 2023. This is the second large-scale solar array announced in Kentucky, the other being a 100-MW array in Hardin County.

“Big Rivers is excited to add this renewable energy source to our portfolio for the sole benefit of our Member-Owners,” said Bob Berry, President and CEO of Big Rivers Electric Corporation. “This is another example of our commitment to provide safe, reliable and sustainable energy to our Members.”

“Geronimo Energy has a long-term commitment to the State of Kentucky,” stated David Reamer, President for Geronimo Energy. “We have established roots in the southeastern region of the United States, and together with Big Rivers Electric Corporation, we are expanding upon this foundation to bring farmer-friendly and economically beneficial renewable energy to local and statewide Kentucky communities and economies.”

The associated economic benefits projected to result from Unbridled Solar total an estimated $9 million throughout the first 20 years of operation, including positive impacts in new tax revenue, construction jobs, new full-time jobs, and charitable funds through the project’s Education Fund. The Unbridled Solar Education Fund alone will provide approximately $640,000 in donations to the local school districts connected to the project above and beyond all tax revenue and local spending benefits.

“This power purchase agreement is encouraging news for Henderson County,” said Brad Schneider, Henderson County Judge-Executive. “It will enhance our community’s efforts to land new industries that require a proven renewable energy source to help supply their plants. Constructing the solar facilities Geronimo needs to supply that power will mean jobs for local contractors and their teams, and Henderson County’s willingness to embrace and utilize new technologies will hopefully convince other businesses with products or ideas on the cutting edge to locate here. Congratulations Geronimo and Big Rivers Electric Corporation! Welcome to our corner of Kentucky.”

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