“We are building a future that works for all Kentuckians, and that future includes an increased reliance on renewable energy,” Beshear said in a news release. “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.”
Construction is expected to begin at the old Martiki mine site later this year with plans to be operational by 2024. Once, finished the farm will be the largest solar energy source in Kentucky according to Savion.
Company leaders report between 250 – 300 temporary construction jobs with another 11 full-time jobs, eight in Martin County.
The CEO of Eden Renewables said the country owes communities of miners like those in Martin Country for supplying power to the nation for so long.
“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 in a news release. “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.”
The project expects to produce enough energy to power the equivalent of more than 33,000 Kentucky homes.
Savon has a total of 87 active or developing solar projects across 27 States and 44 energy storage projects across 15 states.