Martin County solar farm moves closer to construction

DEBORD, Ky. — A proposed solar energy farm in Martin County is closer to becoming a reality, with construction now scheduled to begin next year.

Industrial solar company Savion is spending nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to build the project on a 1,200-acre former mine site. When complete in 2024, the solar farm will generate up to 200 megawatts — enough to power 33,000 homes.

“We are building a future that works for all Kentuckians, and that future includes an increased reliance on renewable energy,” Gov. Beshear said during his Team Kentucky update on Thursday. “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 construction project is expected to create between 250 and 300 jobs. Once complete, the solar farm will create 11 full-time jobs.