Golden Solar Project
The Golden Solar Project is an up to 100 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility proposed to be located in Caldwell County, Kentucky (the “Project”). The Project will span approximately 1,870 acres. The Project is anticipated to positively impact both 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 153,000 metric tons each year – the equivalent of taking approximately 33,000 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. Golden Solar will kick off the EGTSB process this spring and anticipates submitting a construction certificate application this summer.
The Project docket: (https://psc.ky.gov/PSC_WebNet/ViewCaseFilings.aspx?case=2020-00243) will be the best way to stay informed about the Project, and a PDF of the certificate application will be available upon submission. View Kentucky Electric Generation & Transmission Siting Board Guide to Public Participation
Golden Solar seeks to keep the public informed and is happy to answer questions at any time 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 participate will be the public information meeting, which will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the University of Kentucky, Caldwell County Cooperation Extension Office, 1025 U.S. Hwy 62 W, Princeton, KY 42445. The public information meeting will be held in an open house format, so you may come and go as you please.
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*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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National Grid Renewables, which includes the renewables development company formerly known as Geronimo Energy, is a leading North American renewable energy company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with satellite offices located throughout multiple states in the regions where it develops, constructs, and operates renewable energy projects. As a farmer-friendly and community focused company, National Grid Renewables develops projects for corporations and utilities that seek to repower America’s grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable future. National Grid Renewables is part of the competitive, unregulated Ventures division of National Grid and has a portfolio of solar, wind, and paired energy storage projects located throughout the United States in various stages of development, construction and operations.