Amec Foster Wheeler announces recently that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and (Kentucky Utilities Company) KU to design and construct Kentucky’s largest solar photovoltaic facility at LG&E and KU’s E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County, Ky.The 10-megawatt facility will occupy approximately 50 acres of the plant’s property and consist of more than 45,000 solar panels on a fixed-tilt rack system. The panels are projected to produce 19,000 megawatt hours of energy, enough to provide energy to 1,500 homes based on a usage of 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.
Construction of the facility is expected to be commercially operational by late spring of 2016. The process will require about 75 full-time construction jobs.Tom Dodson, Amec Foster Wheeler’s Vice President, Construction for the Power & Process Americas, said:“We are delighted LG&E and KU have entrusted us with the installation of their first commercial-scale solar facility.“Amec Foster Wheeler has delivered nearly 650-megawatts (MW) of solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects since 2008. We look forward to bringing our strong experience and local knowledge to deliver this important project.”The value of the contract has not been disclosed.