The two facilities can produce more than 100 megawatts when water is flowing, and production at Ohio Falls will increase by another 27 percent when renovations are complete in 2017.
Ohio Falls is uniquely located near the Falls of the Ohio Natural Wildlife Conservation Area on the Ohio River. The Army Corps of Engineers operates the Falls’ dam and spill to help control and monitor river navigation, making energy production dependent upon river activity.
Our Dix Dam plant, once hailed as the world’s largest stone-filled dam, not only produces renewable energy, but also helps regulate water levels of Lake Herrington.
And, we will soon add Kentucky’s largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic facility to our ranks. When the new solar facility is complete in 2016, more than 45,000 solar panels will occupy approximately 50 acres at the company's E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County.
The panels will be positioned to optimize the available sunlight for producing energy. The site is projected to produce its full potential, up to 10 megawatts of energy, approximately 400 hours annually (4.5 percent of the year). Considering all available hours of sunlight, the panels are projected to produce 19,000 megawatt hours of energy, enough to provide energy to 1,500 homes based on a usage of 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.
LG&E and KU were able to reduce costs through competitive bidding, by using available tax incentives and constructing the solar array on existing property. The final cost to construct is now expected to be less than the original $36 million estimate.