Employee Jeff Heun discusses LG&E and KU’s new universal solar facility

Posted | May 10, 2016

He’s worked on many construction projects over the course of his career at LG&E and KU, but for Jeff Heun, manager of Capital Projects for LG&E and KU, the solar power plant at E.W. Brown Generating Station is unlike any other.

“Introducing a new source of energy into the fleet isn’t something you get to do every day, and this project gives us the opportunity to learn how solar can work in concert with 24/7 power sources like coal and natural gas,” said Heun, who is helping oversee the project’s construction.

Expected to be fully operational by June, the 10-megawatt facility is nearing completion and will be Kentucky’s largest universal solar facility, boasting more than 44,000 photovoltaic solar panels on a fixed rack system that is tilted to optimize the available sunlight.      

Quick Facts on the E.W. Brown Solar Facility 

  • The solar facility is anticipated to produce 19,000 megawatt-hours of energy annually, enough to power 1,500 homes (based on a usage of 1,000 kilowatt hours per month).
  • The Atlanta-based division of Amec Foster Wheeler, a multi-national consultancy, is wrapping up construction of the facility, which required a peak of about 200 construction workers.
  • The final cost of construction is expected to be less than the original $36 million estimate.
  • Solar will be the fourth energy source at the E.W. Brown Generating Station, which also produces power from coal, natural gas and hydro.