20 Apr '17, 10am

Former coal mine to become largest solar farm in Kentucky

Former coal mine to become largest solar farm in Kentucky

Once upon a time, we posted about a provocative essay suggesting that the whole of Kentucky could be powered by solar installed on former mountaintop removal coal mines . Needless to say, we're a very, very long way off from this ambitious goal—but Bill Estep over at the Lexington Herald Leader reports that developers are seriously exploring the possibility of building Kentucky's largest solar farm on several hundred acres of a former strip mine in Pike County. Projected to be in the 50 to 100-megawatt range in terms of capacity, the farm would easily be Kentucky's largest if it becomes a reality. (Currently, 10-megawatt is about as big as it gets in Kentucky.) Such a project would be of more than just symbolic significance. By leveraging the old, polluted vestiges of a fossil fuel era and turning them into job creating projects for a cleaner time, we can begin to shift th...

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