Expanding our renewables

closeup of solar panels


We have operated our two hydroelectric facilities, Ohio Falls and Dix Dam, since the 1920s.

The two facilities can produce more than 100 megawatts when water is flowing; production at Ohio Falls increased by another 27 percent when renovations to the facility were completed in January 2019.

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.

Ohio Falls Station from a low vantage point on the shore of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville’s location on the Ohio River allows the opportunity for LG&E to safely harness the natural energy of the river to create electricity. Ohio Falls Hydro Station was built in the mid 1920’s and was commissioned in 1927.


We also host Kentucky’s largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic facility. The solar facility, which features more than 45,000 solar panels occupies approximately 50 acres at the company's E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County.

The panels are 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.

employee at E.W. Brown Solar facility on phone walking in between rows of panels

Kentucky's largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic facility is located at LG&E and KU's E.W. Brown Station in Mercer County.

Green Energy Program

For as little as $5 a month, you can directly support the growth and long-term viability of regional renewable energy operators and the broader renewable energy industry.

Tips for navigating renewable energy programs

There are various ways interested customers can support renewable energy in Kentucky and across our region. We offer several programs that are customizable, allowing you to choose your subscription level and the program that best suits your interests.

Residential net metering

Net metering allows participating customers to generate renewable electricity to power their homes or businesses.