Duke Energy plans to bring solar energy to coal country.
The company will build and operate three solar power plants on sites in Kenton and Grant counties in Kentucky. The facilities will have a combined generating capacity of 6.8 megawatts.
"Our customers want solar," said Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky.
The company says the cost of building solar projects has come down in recent years, making it "more cost-competitive with other sources of power generation."
Duke plans to start construction later this summer and expects to complete the majority of construction by the end of 2017.
Two of the projects, Walton Solar Power Plants 1 & 2, will be built in Kenton County on parts of a 60-acre property. In total, Duke Energy will install about 19,000 solar panels at the site, which will have a generating capacity of 4 MW.
The Crittenden Solar Power Plant will be located off I-75 in Grant County on portions of a 110-acre site. This solar array will include about 12,500 panels and will have a generating capacity of more than 2.7 MW.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States.