NextEra Energy Resources’ Green River Solar Project slated for 2023 completion

 NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the world’s largest generator of renewable wind and solar energy, is currently in the permitting phase of their solar project that will produce up to 200 megawatts of clean energy in Meade and Breckinridge counties. They purchased the project from Orion Renewable Energy Group last January.

 Scheduled for completion in 2023, the Green River Solar Project encompasses approximately 1,440 acres of land, which is the largest solar project currently proposed in Kentucky. It will provide $7.5 million in tax revenue for Meade and Breckinridge counties, estimated over the first 30 years of the project, and construction will create up to 300 jobs. The project is designed to operate for at least 25 to 30 years.

 Project Director John O’Hair says that the project will provide interested landowners with an opportunity to diversify their income by “farming the sun.”

 “We’ve had a very large number of landowners in both counties seek to be a part of this project,” said O’Hair. “I think it’s because they realize that it’s not only economically beneficial to them, but also to the community.”

 Landowners may enter into either a lease or purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources. The landowners will get a dollar amount annually per acre used. At the end of the lease period, the company will execute a decommissioning plan, reconstituting the land to the way it existed prior to the project. They are still actively pursuing landowner partners, focusing on the area along the border of Meade and Breckinridge counties. Typically, five to six acres of land are required for each megawatt of solar energy capacity.

 NextEra Energy Resources does not have an agreement to sell the power they produce to Big Rivers. They have an interconnection agreement with Big Rivers, but their contractual electrical agreement is with NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company).

 For more information, visit www.greenriversolarproject.com or the Green River Solar Project Facebook page.

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