CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - East Kentucky Power celebrated the launch of a new solar panel farm in Clark County on Wednesday.
Cooperative Solar in Winchester
Nick Comer, the external affairs manager for East Kentucky Power, says the project has been in the works for several years. Officials broke ground in May.
"Oh, we're very excited about this. We've been talking about this and planning about and building for a while now. It's taken a while to get to this point, but we're very excited," Comer said.
Cooperative Solar Farm One features 32,300 solar panels capable of producing up to 8.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to provide all the power needs for approximately 1,000 typical homes.
“This is truly a milestone for our electric cooperatives,” said Anthony “Tony” Campbell, President & CEO of EKPC. “This is the beginning of a new era. We are making and delivering energy from the sun. “
Members of the Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives can buy a license for one or more of the panels. Customers would have to pay a one-time fee of $460 per panel for a 25-year license. The solar electricity can be used to offset the power produced in a home or business.
Officials with East Kentucky Power say this is a long-term investment and it would take about 15-years to recoup the initial investment for customers.