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Once a strip mine, this land could become a ‘history-making’ solar energy farm

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Developers are studying the potential to install tens of thousands of solar panels on a reclaimed surface mine in Pike County.

If the project becomes reality, it would bolster the economy in a place desperate for jobs and make the county — which long topped the state in mining coal — a key producer of renewable energy.

“This is really a history-making project for the region,” said Ryan Johns, an executive with Berkeley Energy Group, a Pike County company involved in the idea.

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