LG&E and KU turn on 1,400-panel solar energy facility in Simpsonville

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s renewable energy portfolio is getting another boost today as LG&E and KU cut the ribbon this week on a new solar facility in Simpsonville. Located just off Interstate 64, one mile west of exit 28, construction of the first 500-kilowatt section of LG&E and KU’s Solar Share Program began earlier this year thanks to founding partner Ford Motor Company and other participating business and residential customers. The nearly 1,400-panel array became fully operational and began serving up solar energy on Saturday.

“This is a very special milestone for our company and our community,” said LG&E and KU Chairman, CEO and President Paul W. Thompson. “This program was created to meet an interest expressed by our customers and now this facility stands as a tangible display of the commitment our company, community leaders like Ford, and customers across our service territories have to growing sustainable energy here in the Commonwealth.”

“This is another example of how utilities, including LG&E and KU, are investing in the future of the Commonwealth and growing locally-produced renewable energy,” said Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely. “These technologies are making our state a leading contender to retain and attract new business and meet the growing demands for a diverse energy future.”