Project Details

Kelso Solar

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

Here is a snapshot of the project:

Size

200-350 megawatt AC

Location

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

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.

Investment

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

Power Generation

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

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:

Construction Jobs

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

Operations Jobs

1 full-time operation and maintenance job.

Taxes

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

Gross Domestic Product

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

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 Missouri meet its clean energy and climate goals

Timeline

EARLY 2021

Local Agreements and Land Transactions.

MID-2021

Engineering and permitting.

LATE 2021

Final approval.

2022/2023

Begin construction.

2023/2024

Operational.

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