Duke Energy will build and operate three solar power plants in Kentucky and the energy will be delivered directly to customers. Construction is set to begin later this summer with the majority of work expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Two plants will be built in Kenton County. The Walton Solar Power Plant 1 and Walton Solar Power Plant will comprise 19,000 panels on 60 acres. They will have the capacity to produce more than 4 MWs of electricity.
The Crittenden Solar Power Plant will be located off I-75 in Grant County on portions of a 110-acre site at 922 Ruark Road. This solar array will include about 12,500 panels, and will be able to generate more than 2.7 MWs of electricity.
Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, stated now is the right time for solar, “… for many reasons. For instance, the cost of building solar projects has come down significantly in recent years, making it more cost-competitive with other sources of power generation. And solar gives us the ability to add power capacity in incremental steps – allowing us to match the growing demand for electricity in the region."
All of the electricity created from the three solar projects will be fed onto Duke Energy Kentucky's electric grid and delivered to homes, businesses, schools, places of worship and other customers in the area.
Duke also has plans to build projects in South Carolina but to date no specifics have been announced.