Missouri-based solar contractor Savion is currently developing the Martin County Solar Project, an array that will be located on a former coal mine in Martin County, Kentucky.
“We are building a future that works for all Kentuckians, and that future includes an increased reliance on renewable energy,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “To maintain the incredible economic momentum we have established this year, we must continue to compete for all forms of energy investment. I want to thank Savion for choosing Kentucky.”
The solar array will be located on approximately 1,200 acres on the old Martiki mine site in Martin County, interconnecting with Kentucky Power’s 138-kV Inez Substation. When built, the project will be up to 200 MW and will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of more than 33,000 Kentucky homes.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in 2022 and be commercially operational by early 2024. During the 12- to 18-month construction period, company leaders report the project will create between 250 and 300 construction jobs, in addition to 11 full-time Kentucky jobs, including eight in Martin County. Upon completion, the project will be one of the largest solar facilities operating in Kentucky.
“It’s exciting to reach this milestone in the project’s development, which moves us closer to the start of construction and commercial operation,” said Erich Miarka, director of development for Savion. “This opportunity would not be possible without the support of Martin County, Martin County School District, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Edelen Renewables. Thank you for your continued efforts to advance this unprecedented project.”
Established in 2019 and headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Savion is a company focused on developing utility-scale solar and energy storage projects in 27 states. Savion’s solar project includes a local partnership with Edelen Renewables, which has played a key role in the initial phase of development.
“This country owes a tremendous debt to the people and communities that powered the industrial development of America for a century: our miners and coal communities,” said Adam Edelen, founder and CEO of Edelen Renewables. “The Martin County coal-to-solar project is an effort to bring the opportunities of a newer, greener economy to the coalfields. Doing so has required the strong support of the Beshear administration and local leadership. We are grateful to all for their support.”
In addition, Martin County Solar can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. These include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.