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Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Completion of Fort Campbell Five Megawatt Solar Array Project


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 13, 2017) -The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has announced the completion of a five megawatt Solar Array Project at Fort Campbell—making it the largest non-utility solar array in Kentucky. Completion of the project was recognized today by state, federal and local officials during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Fort Campbell.

The Solar Array Project produces five megawatts of solar energy, which is enough to power the equivalent of 463 homes and provide more than 10 percent of Fort Campbell’s power requirements in the form of renewable energy.

The Fort Campbell project is a united effort through a partnership with the United States Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE), Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative (PRECC) and the Kentucky EEC.

Preparation to install a solar array began in 2012 when Fort Campbell established a renewable energy plan, based on directives set forth in the American Renewable Energy Act requiring 25 percent of energy consumed by federal installations to be produced by renewable means by 2025.

The Kentucky EEC awarded a $3.1 million grant in December 2012 to help launch the project’s first phase. Phase one included a 1.9 megawatt portion of the solar array, executed through a 10-year utility energy services contract with PRECC. The contract allows the electric cooperative to use the grant funding to pay for the solar array’s interconnection infrastructure.

Fort Campbell received an additional $800,000 grant through the US DOE Federal Emergency Management Program to fund phase two. Funding is tied to a 27-year power purchase agreement.

The solar project covers approximately 20 acres and is located on an abandoned landfill on Ft. Campbell, allowing the Army to apply lessons learned to other large-scale, landfill-based solar projects that could benefit sites in Kentucky as well as nationwide.

 

Appalachian BOLD 2017 Dr. Tom Vierheller, center, professor of Biology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, works with students during last year’s Appalachian BOLD camps.  Registration is currently open for this year’s camps. Appalachian BOLD 2017 Dr. Tom Vierheller, center, professor of Biology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, works with students during last year’s Appalachian BOLD camps. Registration is currently open for this year’s camps.

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), in conjunction with the Alltech Outreach Education Program and the University of Kentucky, will host Appalachian BOLD (Bioeconomy, Outreach, Leadership and Development) camps for seventh and eighth graders in June.

The free two-day camps will take place June 12-13, June 14-15, June 19-20, and June 21-22 on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC. Camps are limited to 12 students per session.

“Our camps will focus on what the future workforce will look like with diversified science and technology,” said Dr. Tom Vierheller, professor of Biology at BSCTC. The Appalachian BOLD camps are funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. “We will also explore how molecular biology and renewable biomolecules are developed through interactive laboratory sessions.”

The camps will also include activities at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium.

For more information, contact Pauletta Burke at (606) 886-7398 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Date: 05-25-2017

Beshear: Steep prescription discounts sign of fake pharmacy scam

 

FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert Thursday to warn of a scam targeting Kentucky families and seniors who are seeking to save money on their prescription drugs.

Staff at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, contacted Beshear’s office after intercepting a phone caller attempting to lure in an unsuspecting victim by offering well-known prescription drugs for pennies on the dollar.

Beshear said once the caller has the victim’s financial information they charge hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized transactions on the victim’s credit card and the prescription drugs never arrive.

“This is a scam that attempts to extort money from those who are seeking relief from the cost of their prescription drugs,” Beshear said in a news release. “I appreciate the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for reporting this scam and working with my office to help make sure Kentuckians have the information they need to avoid falling victim.”

Beshear said the best way to avoid this type of scam is to know the signs of a fake pharmacy compared to a legitimate pharmacy. He recommends these tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Signs of a fake pharmacy:

*  Offers very cheap prices

*  A prescription is not required to buy drugs

*  Located outside of the United States

*  Not licensed in the United States

Trustworthy pharmacies always:

*  Require a legitimate prescription

*  Provide a physical address and telephone number in the United States

*  Offer a pharmacist to answer your questions

*  Have a license with the state board of pharmacy

To verify a pharmacy’s license in Kentucky visit the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy website, or visit the FDA website for additional safe pharmacy information. 

To help Kentuckians stay ahead of scammers Beshear created Scam Alerts. The service allows Beshear’s office to send a text message or email alert to those signed up when new and trending scams are reported to his office. Each alert includes tips on how to spot and avoid the scam, and information on where to report any occurrences. 

Kentuckians interested in receiving Scam Alerts can text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311), or visit ag.ky.gov/scams to sign up with your mobile phone number or email address.

To report scams to the Office of the Attorney General call 888-432-9257 or file a consumer complaint online.