Duke Energy unveils plans for 6.8 MW PV plants in Kentucky

US energy provider Duke Energy Corp., headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, plans to develop its first solar facilities in the commonwealth. Duke Energy will build and operate three solar power plants with a combined capacity of 6.8 MW at sites in Kenton and Grant counties, and the energy will be delivered directly to customers. Duke Energy plans to begin construction later this summer and hopes to complete the majority of construction activity by the end of 2017.
Two of the projects, »Walton Solar Power Plant 1« and »Walton Solar Power Plant 2« will be built in Kenton County on parts of a 60-acre property. In total, Duke Energy will install about 19,000 solar panels at the site. The »Crittenden« solar power plant will be located in Grant County. 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.
»Our customers want solar,« said Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky. 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.«

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