Energy Services Group, reportedly western Kentucky's largest utility-scale solar power plant, officially opened for business outside of Mayfield on Monday. ESG president and owner Dave Wright said the solar plant - called Mayfield Solar 1 - contains 1,260 435-watt panels. The surface area of the panels is about 1 acre, but they cover about 4 acres of land on the Wright family's 13-acre farm. The panels are expected to produce about 732 megawatts, which Wright said is enough electricity to power 60 to 65 homes each year. He added that 732 megawatts would reduce carbon dioxide by more than 800 tons.
While the USDA has lowered its forecasts for Kentucky's corn and soybean crops, yields are still expected to be good, according to a University of Kentucky agriculture official. The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service's crop production report has lower forecasts for corn and soybeans than the previous month.
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