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Martin County Solar Project, LLC
Construction began on Martin County Solar Project in Martin County, KY, in 2023, with anticipated project completion in 2024. The project started its journey in 2020 and received a certificate of construction from the Kentucky State Siting Board in November 2021. In December 2021, the project received approval to receive a $231 million Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) through the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) and a $600,00 sales tax incentive through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA).
The majority of construction activity will consist of site preparation and earthwork, substation construction, and post and racking installation. Construction activity will generally take place from the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or from sunrise to sunset to ensure minimal disruption of daily activity. Occasionally, some construction activities may take place at night, but they will be limited to low-sound activities. No noise or light impacts are expected to affect nearby residences. Please note, the sequencing of construction activities is subject to change due to weather conditions or other adverse events.
Senior Development Manager
Martin County Solar Project is located on the old Martiki mine site in Pilgrim, KY.
Size & Acres
The project size is 900 acres, which consists of all project components, including the solar panels, access roads, and other infrastructure necessary for the operation of the facility.
The project will interconnect to the Inez Substation already located
Benefits of a Solar Project
A solar project provides a healthy, productive economic development opportunity for local landowners to harvest a stable cash crop–the sun. Benefits include positive impacts to the local economy through tax revenues to local governments and support to other local services. Host communities typically experience economic boosts for local businesses and supply chains and the opportunities for new jobs–primarily during the construction phase.
In addition to being safe and compatible with agricultural and rural residential uses, solar energy facilities exist in harmony with wildlife and the environment. They make good neighbors because they operate almost silently without producing odor or byproducts; or attracting additional traffic.
In the bigger picture, solar energy projects provide an abundant, sustainable power resource to help stabilize electricity costs. These amazing systems lessen carbon emissions and contribute to the diversification of the nation’s electricity grid.
Local Economic Impact
Solar power produces direct positive economic impacts by contributing to the economic revitalization of local communities through increases to the local tax base and creating stable revenue to fund local schools and other taxing bodies.
Solar power also generates indirect positive economic impacts during the construction process as local businesses (restaurants, gas stations, hotels, stores, and more) and supply chains experience an influx of customers.
October 2023 – Site Preparation Begins
Site Preparation The site preparation of a utility-scale solar project consists of creating safe site access for construction crews and a level mounting surface for the ground-mounted solar panels.