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Geenex Secures Approval for $130 Million Wood Duck Solar Project in Barren County, Kentucky

Barren County, KY – December 19, 2023 - Geenex, a trailblazer in sustainable energy solutions, is thrilled to announce the successful approval of its Wood Duck Solar project in Barren County, Kentucky. The culmination of the December 18th Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting marks a significant milestone for the $130 million investment, propelling the 100 MW utility-scale solar production farm towards development.

 

“We’ve been active in Barren County since 2018, making a number of donations, sponsoring events and participating in community organizations.  We take pride in being involved and engaged in all our project communities that we are a part of.  Geenex became aware of Beautify Barren, which is a perfect example of how renewable energy can contribute to new and innovative solutions that make our lives better.” Kelley Pope, Director of Development of Geenex Solar.

 

Investment and Job Creation

Following the approval, Geenex is poised to invest approximately $130 million in the 2,300-acre Wood Duck Solar site, underscoring our commitment to advancing clean energy solutions and fostering local economic growth. The project is anticipated to create a total of 323 new jobs in its first year, encompassing both direct and spinoff opportunities, bringing substantial economic benefits to the local community.

 

Local jurisdictions are expected to benefit significantly, with an estimated $15.1 million in revenue. A substantial portion, $11 million, is allocated to the County School system, reinforcing Geenex's dedication to supporting local education infrastructure.



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Sustainable Energy and Environmental Impact

Wood Duck Solar, now approved and set for development, is designed to generate enough electricity to power approximately 15,000 homes annually. This substantial contribution to the cleaner and greener energy grid aligns with Geenex's mission to create a more sustainable future by reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, and enhancing energy independence.

 

The project will provide a reliable and sustainable source of electricity, addressing the ever-growing energy demands of modern society and contributing to the environmental well-being of the community.

 

Community Engagement and Planning

Barren County Judge Executive Jamie Bewley Byrd, expressing support for the project, states, "Geenex has been very forthcoming, and it has thus far been a positive experience for the landowners and Barren County. We support landowners and local farmers. We will answer any questions that you may have."

 

To facilitate ongoing community engagement, Geenex invites continued collaboration and communication. Further updates and details will be shared as the Wood Duck Solar project progresses towards groundbreaking and development.

 

Planning and Development Guidelines

With the approval secured, Geenex will proceed with submitting a comprehensive development plan to the Joint City-County Planning Commission, ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations. Wood Duck Solar remains committed to minimal environmental impact, with property taxation at a commercial rate to contribute additional income without raising taxes on other properties.

 

Decommissioning and Restoration Commitments

Wood Duck Solar, now approved for development, upholds responsible development practices. A Decommission Plan Agreement will be executed, outlining the responsible parties for the removal of all components and accessories within twelve months of cessation. Cleared areas will be restored to a condition reasonably similar to their pre-development state, including the replacement of topsoil.

 

Geenex looks forward to a collaborative partnership with the Barren County community and local authorities as Wood Duck Solar moves forward, bringing economic prosperity and environmental sustainability to the region.

 

About Geenex Solar:

Geenex Solar is a utility scale solar project developer. For over 10 years, we have been actively developing solar projects in the Midwest and Southeast, including Kentucky since 2017.  Our team members live and work in the communities that we serve. We take pride in our team's focus on ensuring our work supports our project communities. 


About Barren County:

Barren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,173. Its county seat is Glasgow. The county was founded on December 20, 1798, from parts of Warren and Green Counties. It was named for the Barrens, meadowlands that cover the northern third, though actually the soil is fertile. Barren County is part of the Glasgow, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Bowling Green-Glasgow, KY Combined Statistical Area. In 2007 Barren County was named the "Best Place to Live in Rural America" by Progressive Farmer Magazine. From caves and canoes to culinary delights, all the best adventures start with a little curiosity. Visit betterinthebarrens.com to explore all that is Barren County.

 

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