Duke Energy Kentucky partners with Amazon for solar project

Published on July 10, 2023 by Dave Kovaleski

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Duke Energy Kentucky recently completed a new utility-scale rooftop solar project on the Amazon Air Hub rooftop adjacent to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

This project is the largest rooftop solar array in the state, with over 5,600 photovoltaic panels on the 800,000-square-foot Amazon Air Hub rooftop. The facility will feed up to 2 megawatts of solar power directly onto the electric distribution grid, energizing approximately 400 homes and businesses in the area.

“Duke Energy Kentucky has gained a great deal of experience in owning and operating ground-mounted solar since 2017,” Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky, said. “Located in one of the fastest-growing counties in the Commonwealth, this new rooftop solar site will complement our emerging solar portfolio in the Bluegrass State.”

This new solar project is a joint partnership between Amazon and Duke Energy, aligning with both companies’ renewable energy goals. The location on Amazon’s Air Hub is ideal because it has a large and accessible flat roof, which gets optimal sunlight, and it is near the infrastructure needed to feed the solar energy onto the distribution grid.

“Powering our operations with 100% renewable energy is an important part of Amazon’s commitment to reach net zero by 2040, and we built Amazon’s Air Hub – the largest field operation in Amazon’s history – with sustainability in mind,” Chris Roe, Amazon director of energy and sustainable operations, said. “We’re excited to host this solar project on our rooftop in collaboration with Duke Energy and help provide a new source of clean electricity to the local community.”

It joins other Duke Energy Kentucky solar sites in Grant and Kenton counties.

Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electric service to 900,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers and natural gas service to 550,000 customers in Ohio and Kentucky.