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Project Details

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Arevon and Tenaska are proud to be developing the Kelso Solar Project, located in Scott County, Missouri.

Here is a snapshot of the project:

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Size

200-350 megawatt AC

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Location

Scott County, Missouri. The power will be transmitted to the Kelso-Miner 161kV Line (Ameren).

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Land Area

According to the independent study based on 200 MW, the project will have a footprint of approximately 2,000 acres of land to locate solar panel arrays, an operations and maintenance building, inverters, and access roads.

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Investment

$175 million local estimated investment based off of 200 MW.

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Power Generation

200 MW generates enough solar energy to power the average electricity consumption of approximately 35,000 Missouri homes each year.

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Project Life

Once constructed, the project has a 35-year useful life. After this time, it will be decommissioned in accordance with a decommissioning plan and bond.

Economic Development Study

An independent study conducted in December 2020 by Strategic Economic Research, LLC and authored by Dr. David G. Loomis a Professor of Economics at Illinois State University, estimates that based on 200 MW, the Kelso Solar Project would bring broad economic benefits to Scott County, including:

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Construction Jobs

237 full-time equivalent jobs, including 82 located in Scott County.

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Taxes

Property taxes of over $9 million, including $6.6 million to school districts.

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Operations Jobs

1 full-time operation and maintenance job.

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Gross Domestic Product

$10.6 million during construction and $1.1 million per year during the project's 35 years of operation.

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Benefits

Community Benefits

  • Generates property and sales tax revenue for schools, first responders and other local needs

  • Compensates landowners for land use providing stable income source for over 35 years

  • Contracts with local businesses and services

  • Does not place heavy burden on government-supported services like schools and roads

  • Results in secondary economic activity for local restaurants, hotels and other retail and wholesale businesses

Power Benefits

  • Does not need external fuel inputs, reducing transportation risks and increasing reliability

  • Will help Missouri meet its power needs

Environmental Benefits

  • Produces zero-emissions power that does not contribute to local pollution or global climate change

  • Generates power with no noise or smell

  • Will help Indiana meet its clean energy and climate goals

Timeline

EARLY 2021

Local Agreements and Land Transactions.

MID-2021

Engineering and Permitting

LATE 2021

Final Approvals

2023

Begin Construction

2023/2024

Operational

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