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Geronimo Energy signs PPA for 160MW Kentucky solar project

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Geronimo Energy and Big Rivers Electric have signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Unbridled solar project in Henderson and Webster Counties, Kentucky.

Unbridled solar is a clean solar energy project of 160MW, located in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market.

“Big Rivers is excited to add this renewable energy source to our portfolio for the sole benefit of our member-owners. This is another example of our commitment to provide safe, reliable and sustainable energy to our members.”

Bob Berry, president and CEO of Big Rivers Electric Corporation.

Unbridled Solar is currently the largest solar project in the state of Kentucky, scheduled to start operations in late 2023. The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 255.000 metric tons per year.

“Geronimo Energy has a long-term commitment to the State of Kentucky. We have established roots in the southeastern region of the United States, and together with Big Rivers Electric Corporation, we are expanding upon this foundation to bring farmer-friendly and economically beneficial renewable energy to local and statewide Kentucky communities and economies.”

David Reamer, president for Geronimo Energy.

The related economic benefits expected to result from Unbridled Solar in the first 20 years of service total an estimated $9 million, including positive effects on new tax revenue, construction jobs, new full-time jobs, and charitable funds through the Education Fund of the project.

“This power purchase agreement is encouraging news for Henderson County. It will enhance our community’s efforts to land new industries that require a proven renewable energy source to help supply their plants. Constructing the solar facilities Geronimo needs to supply that power will mean jobs for local contractors and their teams, and Henderson County’s willingness to embrace and utilize new technologies will hopefully convince other businesses with products or ideas on the cutting edge to locate here. Congratulations Geronimo and Big Rivers Electric Corporation! Welcome to our corner of Kentucky.”

Brad Schneider, Henderson County judge executive.

“I think Big Rivers Electric Corporation has selected an outstanding company. Geronimo Energy has a reputation for being a great community partner. I look forward to working with their team to see what opportunities can be generated for our area because of this project. With agriculture being so important to us all, I am glad to get a farmer friendly company like Geronimo.”

Stephen R. Henry, Webster County judge executive.

“This contract with Big Rivers Electric Corporation furthers National Grid’s and Geronimo Energy’s collective mission to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate a clean energy future. For community members and Big Rivers Electric Corporation, this project represents a significant step forward in combating climate change and diversifying the local electric generator portfolio.”

Daniel Westerman, president, distributed & renewable energy for national grid.
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