As one of the nation’s top coal producers, Kentucky is rarely one of the states which spring to mind when people think “clean energy.” However, several projects we’ve participated in over the past few years are determined to build the commonwealth’s reputation as a leader in the field.
One such project is the Richardsville Elementary School, which was the nation’s first net zero energy public elementary school. AES was the general contractor and installer for the photovoltaic package which provides clean solar energy to the facility. Net zero buildings combine renewable energy sources with high-efficiency building systems to produce as much, or more, energy than they use.
But it’s not just buildings that are switching to solar power. Electric vehicles are taking the clean energy movement to the road, and again, AES is helping Kentucky lead the charge. We are currently installing electrical vehicle charging stations with solar canopies to charge cars used by LG&E. These charging stations will be located [need info], and will help reduce costs and increase energy efficiency for our local power company.
Kentucky has always been known for bluegrass, bourbon and fast horses. With these clean energy and solar projects, we hope it will soon be known for embracing energy technologies which make great financial and environmental sense.
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