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Here comes the sun: Solar moves in, and a Kentucky farm community wonders about its future

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales. In her social media video from early September, Adreanna Wills points out white signs in yards along the way, displaying the phrase “Industrial Solar” with a slash through the words. “Imagine...

KU, LG&E provide boost to renewable energy in Kentucky with opening of Simpsonville solar facility

Kentucky’s renewable energy portfolio got another boost this week as LG&E and KU officially cut the ribbon on the utilities’ new solar facility in Simpsonville Wednesday. Located just off Interstate 64, one mile west of exit 28, construction of the first 500-kilowatt section of LG&E and KU’s Solar Share Program began earlier this year thanks to founding partner Ford Motor Company and...

Kentucky House to vote on utility-backed bill that would discourage rooftop solar installations

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The Kentucky House is set to vote on legislation that would allow utility companies to change how they credit homeowners for the surplus electricity generated by rooftop solar panels. Critics of Senate Bill 100, including the Sierra Club in Kentucky, have said it would stifle the market for solar energy in the state and make it difficult for customers to know how...

Grimes Working with county judges to bring solar energy opportunities to Eastern Kentucky

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week announced a strategic partnership she has formed with three Eastern Kentucky county judge/executives to explore a solar energy investment in the region. Last year, Grimes began facilitating discussions between a leading solar energy developer and Judge/Executives Scotty Alexander of Perry County, Zach Weinberg of Knott County, and Dan Mosley of Harlan...

Lyn Hacker: HB 227 would end ‘net metering’ for solar customers; committee is debating

Kentucky HB 227, designed to effectively end net metering for solar customers in Kentucky, has once again been re-scheduled for later consideration due to lack of support by committee members. The bill, which was introduced by Kentucky state Rep. Jim Gooch, R-Providence, will severely decrease the amount that solar customers receive back from electric companies for the use of the energy that is produced...

Rural Blog: Coal company wants to turn reclaimed Eastern Kentucky strip mine into solar farm

An Eastern Kentucky coal company on Tuesday said it wants to build Appalachia’s largest solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop strip mine in far Eastern Kentucky. The Berkeley Energy Group said the project, which is still in the early stages, would be the first large-scale solar project in Appalachia. It didn’t say how much the project would cost; former state auditor Adam Edelen, who is...