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  A new bill in the Kentucky legislature could ban large-scale solar projects on farmland in the state, out of fears that the growing solar industry could be a detriment to the preservation of productive farmland. But a leading solar advocate in the state believes the bill is an overreaction and could significantly hamper the dawning solar industry. 

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The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in central Kentucky’s Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales.

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  Caldwell County officials say a $200 million solar farm could be coming into the county by 2023, potentially generating more than 200 megawatts of electricity.

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A recent Consumer Reports survey found more than 75 percent of Americans support increasing renewable energy. And in states where coal-fired power dominates, adding more solar energy could be good for the environment and economy. But, weak state policies across the Ohio Valley are casting some serious shade on solar energy.

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Solar panels are popping up around Kentucky, including five major solar projects in the western, eastern and northern parts of the commonwealth. Of the 4,000-plus homes in Kentucky powered by solar, one couple in the far western region recently opened their doors to visitors interested in the growing market. Cory Sharber took a tour of their solar-powered “dream house.”

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The Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency is in the planning stages of building a large solar farm in west Kentucky. 

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Glynis Board with the Ohio Valley ReSource visits a rural community in Puerto Rico to see how a West Virginian businessman is trying to bring light to their dark times.

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The Kentucky House Natural Resources Committee has advanced a controversial bill that would scale back Kentucky’s solar net metering program, making it eligible for a vote from the full Kentucky House of Representatives.

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Three lawmakers have been added to a committee that has been considering a controversial bill that would scale back how much households with solar panels are reimbursed for producing excess energy for the electrical grid.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be pulling out of the Paris climate accord. The move comes as a blow to alternative energy advocates who see green power as the most sustainable and environmentally responsible way forward.