Community Energy, a leading community solar company, has entered into a 100-megawatt deal with Big Rivers Electric Corporation. The new project will increase the production of solar power in western Kentucky. The new facilities will be part of a 20-year power purchase agreement, where Big Rivers will purchase the entirety of the output from Community’s solar farms. Locations in Meade County and McCracken County have been scouted for both facilities. Starting in 2023, the facilities will contribute 230 million kilowatts/hour of renewable energy annually.
According to President of Community Energy, Brent Beerley, Big Rivers was chosen as a partner for its leadership. The facilities, Beerley confirms, will provide Member-Owners of Big Rivers the benefits of fixed and low-priced power. Beerley expects the development will lead to economic improvements in Meade and McCracken counties through job creation and a reduction of taxes.
Bob Berry, CEO of Big Rivers Electric Corporation, believes the joint effort with the Kentucky-based community solar company will bring ample benefits to the member-owned electric company.
The power generated by the two new facilities will be filtered out to the communities. Potential new community solar programs will provide consumers with credits to their utility bills. Community Energy and Big Rivers Electric Corporation will work to ensure residential and commercial customers will be able to take part in the 100-megawatt power production.
Community Energy has been a leader in renewable energy for 20 years, offering a range of offsite power purchase agreements that deliver clean energy at fair rates. The community solar company has worked with PPAs across the nation. It has projects in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, and more.
Big Rivers is a non-profit generation and transmission cooperative based out of Henderson, KY. It services members in western Kentucky in 22 counties and is a cooperative between Kenergy Corporation, Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation, and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.