Caldwell Solar Project
The Caldwell Solar Project is a 200 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility proposed to be located in Caldwell County, Kentucky (the “Project”). The Project will span approximately 1,900 acres and will connect to Caldwell County to Barkley 161 kV transmission line. The Project is anticipated to positively impact both the the local economy and environment by producing significant tax revenue and other economic benefits for the area, and offsetting carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 306,000 metric tons each year – the equivalent of taking approximately 66,000 cars off the road.
Public Participation and the Permitting Process
Under Kentucky Law, electric generating facilities capable of producing 10 MW or more and non-regulated transmission lines capable of carrying 69,000 volts or more must apply for a Construction Certificate from the Kentucky Electric Generation & Transmission Siting Board (EGTSB). This process provides for a single unified process by which facilities can obtain a certificate to operate. Generally speaking, the EGTSB process includes a public informational meeting, submittal of certificate application, EGTSB staff and consultant review, public hearing, evidentiary hearing, and certificate issuance/denial. Caldwell Solar kicked off the EGTSB process this summer and anticipates submitting a construction certificate application this winter. The Project docket (https://psc.ky.gov/PSC_
Caldwell Solar seeks to keep the public informed and is happy to answer questions at any time prior to or during the permitting process. There are various ways for the public to formally participate in the EGTSB process. The first opportunity for the public to engage in the EGTSB process is the Public Information Meeting. Caldwell Solar held a Public Information Meeting in August to inform the public about the project and take any questions or comments regarding the Project. To watch a recording of the presentation, please click the Recording of Info Session button above. There will be more opportunities for the public to participate in the EGTSB process once the application is filed.
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|Operational Capacity||200 MW-AC|
|Location||Caldwell County, Kentucky|
|Anticipated Commerical Operation Date||11/30/2023|
|Annual Carbon Dioxide Emissions Offset||~306,000 metric tons annually|
|Annual Local Tax Revenue Generated||~$240,000*|
|Project Phone Number||364-201-2587|
|Kentucky PSC Siting Board Docket Number||2020-00244|
|Kentucky PSC Siting Board Docket Link||View Case Filings|
*Calculations estimated based on National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) JEDI Model and current state tax law for solar facilities. Subject to change.
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