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Shawnee Project Phoenix

McCracken County, Kentucky

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) requested comments on its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed solar power generating facility in McCracken County, KY. Comments were received until November 6, 2023.

TVA is proposing to construct a solar project, known as Project Phoenix, at its Shawnee Fossil Plant (SHF), located adjacent to the Ohio River about 10 miles northwest of Paducah, Kentucky. Utilizing a portion of the nearly 309-acre area where coal combustion residuals (CCR) are being closed and managed in place, this proposed project would facilitate the repurposing of an industrial brownfield site to produce up to 100 MW of renewable energy.

The proposed solar development would occupy approximately 186-acres of the 340-acre Project Area.

Given its location on a TVA coal plant site, the solar facility would be proximately located to existing transmission lines. The proposed project would require associated infrastructure to interconnect to TVA’s transmission lines and a proposed Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). Solar panels attached via the PowerCap® system will provide a direct attachment method from the panel to the ClosureTurf® cover system. The design would utilize the central inverters, transformers, substation, switching station, operations and maintenance buildings, and access roads associated with the current SHF facility operations.

The 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) identified the various resources that TVA intends to use to meet the energy needs of the TVA region over the 20-year planning period while achieving TVA’s objectives to deliver reliable, low-cost, and cleaner energy and while reducing environmental impacts. The 2019 IRP anticipates growth of solar in all scenarios analyzed, with most scenarios anticipating 5,000-8,000 MW and one anticipating up to 14,000 MW.

Public Involvement

TVA invited public comments on the Draft EA. Comments were submitted online, by email, or postal mail to Neil Schock at the address below. To ensure consideration, comments were submitted or postmarked by November 6, 2023. TVA preferred comments be submitted electronically.

Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, become part of the project administrative record and are available for public inspection.

Related Documents

Project Phoenix Draft Environmental Assessment


More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Neil Schock
NEPA Compliance
[email protected]
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B-K
Knoxville, TN 37902