The Ragland Solar Project

Delivering broad value across McCracken County, Kentucky

The BrightNight Ragland Solar Project is currently under development in McCracken County, Kentucky. This exciting project will provide 125-megawatts of clean renewable solar power to five major organizations in LG&E KU service territories: University of Kentucky, North American Stainless, Chemours and Dow, and the University of Louisville. In addition to renewable electricity, the Ragland project will also generate significant economic value through tax revenue and job creation.

The BrightNight team is working with community members to understand how the project can provide long-term value to the region and the ways in which BrightNight can support the region’s commitment to economic development and energy innovation.

Through this project, McCracken County will support local landowners as they invest their property for development, position itself as a regional leader in clean renewable energy, and attract future investment from businesses prioritizing energy innovation.

  • 100

    Construction jobs and 3-5 O&M careers

  • 125-megawatts

    Of renewable energy

  • $21M

    In economic investments over the life of the project

  • $5M

    In local labor income during construction

  • $14M

    In direct economic output during construction

BrightNight approached us about utilizing our family farms for a renewable energy project.  Throughout the relationship, BrightNight has been transparent and professional.  They helped us understand what the process required to move from concept to operation.  The partnership with BrightNight allows us to generate annual income from the land through renewable energy.  At the same time, we retain ownership of the land for future generations without it being developed permanently.

— Russ Tilford, Kentucky Landowner

Project FAQs

Thanks to exciting renewable energy adoption across the United States, most people are familiar with the benefits of solar power. But how it’s developed, constructed, and maintained is complex. We’ve compiled a few FAQs to help address your questions.