Northern Bobwhite Solar
Northern Bobwhite Solar is a ground-mount solar photovoltaic facility under development in Marion County, Kentucky. The project plans to deliver 96 MW of clean renewable energy to the utility grid by the end of 2022. Once operational, the project will generate no noise, no smells, no traffic, no pollution and will have minimal impact on the surrounding community. At the end of its useful life, the facility will be decommissioned and the land can be returned to its original agricultural use.
This project is part of the Geenex Solar development pipeline owned by EDF Renewables.
Northern Bobwhite Solar will be subject to extensive environmental, wildlife and cultural impact reviews through the Kentucky State Siting Board construction certificate process.
Solar photovoltaic systems produce no emissions or contaminants, generate no noise outside of the fence line, and the panels are designed to absorb light so there is no glare.
The land can be returned to agricultural use after its life as a solar farm making solar a great place-holder for the future. The developer will provide setbacks and vegetative screening to mitigate viewshed impacts to neighbors of the project.
Northern Bobwhite Solar will be a resource for educational opportunities for local students through the developer’s support of the Center for Energy Education (C4EE).
The Center for Energy Education has already begun to include Marion County teachers and students in STEM summer camps and unique educational training programs that focus on renewable energy. Look for the C4EE’s mobile classroom in your local community in the near future!
Northern Bobwhite Solar will generate increased tax revenues for Marion County and will source a significant number of employees from the local and regional communities.
Solar facilities can enhance a county’s reputation as an attractive and friendly environment for advanced manufacturing, technology and related jobs. Solar farms are also compatible with agriculture and are fast becoming an important component of long-term farm viability in rural communities.
Questions & Answers
The Developer is committed to developing projects that take into account the rural character of the surrounding community. To this end, we offer notable setbacks and vegetative screening to mitigate viewshed impacts. In addition, we engage with professional appraisers with extensive experience in the evaluation of data on actual home sales next to solar projects. The findings are that solar facilities have no negative impact on neighboring property values due to their low-impact land use.
Solar farms are low-impact land uses that can safely operate next to neighboring agricultural operations. Natural ground cover under and between the rows of panels allows the soil to rest and rebuild nutrients. Sheep can even be used for grounds maintenance on the sight. At the end of the solar farm’s useful life, the pilings and equipment can be easily removed and the land returned to its original state.
No – solar panels are specifically designed to absorb the sun’s rays, not reflect them. This fact is exemplifed in the large number of solar facilities currently installed and operational at airports and Air Force bases across the country.
The Developer is required by our lease agreement with the project landowners and an agreement with the local county to decommission the project. Engineering estimates for removal are provided and a surety put in place to ensure the cost to decommission the project is born by the project’s owner. Neither the county or the landowners will pay costs associated with restoring the land to its original state once the equipment is removed from the site.
Solar power plants provide many environmental benefits in the reduction of pollutants into the local atmosphere. These are in the form of (all per megawatt of installed capacity):
~2,500,000 pounds of atmospheric carbon annually eliminated.
The equivalent of ~129,000 gallons of gasoline eliminated.
The equivalent of ~150 passenger vehicles removed from our streets.
The equivalent of ~18,000 light bulbs eliminated per year.
Planting of pollinator friendly groundcover – creates new habitats for bees, birds, small mammals, and other wildlife.
Solar facilities provide long-term tax revenue to the local county, create numerous construction jobs and produce low-cost clean power that can be a great economic development draw. The tax revenue greatly supports the local school system and other community needs while requiring little to no county services in return. In addition, the annual lease payments provides a stable, guaranteed revenue stream to support local landowners.
Please feel free to reach out to us at