Let the SUN shine,
Mercer County Solar Project, LLC.
Mercer County Solar Project, LLC is proposing a 175 MW solar energy facility in Mercer County, KY. We are excited to be working in partnership with county officials and landowners to bring Mercer County residents the opportunity to host a clean, environmentally compatible, renewable energy generation installation.
Benefits of a Solar Energy Project
A solar project provides a healthy, productive economic development opportunity for local land to harvest a stable cash crop – the sun. Benefits include positive impacts to the local economy through revenue to local governments and support to other local services. Host communities typically experience economic boosts for local businesses and supply chains and the opportunities for new jobs – primarily during the construction phase.
In addition to being safe and compatible with agricultural and rural residential uses, solar energy facilities exist in harmony with wildlife and the environment. They make good neighbors because they operate almost silently without producing odor or byproducts; or attracting additional traffic.
In the bigger picture, solar energy projects provide an abundant, earth-friendly, sustainable power resource to help stabilize electricity costs. These amazing systems lessen carbon emissions and contribute to the diversification of the nation’s electricity grid.
Project Stakeholder Appreciation
Without the vision and partnership of county officials and supportive community members, solar power facilities would not be possible. With gratitude, we want to recognize the farmers, landowners, and residents of Mercer County for their support and ambition to secure a bright future for their community through an economic contributor like Mercer County Solar Project.
The Mercer County Solar Project is located approximately 2.5 miles north of Harrodsburg in central
Mercer County, KY.
Map of the project can be found here.
The project has secured 1,864 acres. However, the project, which consists of all solar components and infrastructure, will occupy approximately 1,200 acres based on the current design.
SIZE & ACRES
The project has two phases that will interconnect into two separate existing high voltage transmission lines that run through the project site. The first phase of the project will connect into the Mercer Industrial - Van Arsdell 69 kV line owned by East Kentucky Power Coop that runs north/south through the project site. The second phase will connect into the Bardstown - Brown CT 138 kV line owned by LG&E that runs east/west through the project site.
Local Economic Impacts
Solar power produces direct positive economic impacts by contributing to the economic revitalization of local communities through increases to the local tax base and creating stable revenue to fund local schools and other taxing bodies.
Solar power also generates indirect positive economic impacts during the construction process as local businesses (restaurants, gas stations, hotels, stores, and more) and supply chains experience an influx of customers.