TVA adds new solar installations

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 @ 08:12 AM
posted by rene5432

Tennessee may lie near the heart of old coal country, but the region continues to see growing interest in renewable electricity. In response, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced that it has added two new solar installations in its service area.

Located near Huntsville, Alabama, and Dyer, Tennessee, the two solar installations are relatively small compared to many utility-scale solar plants. At 23 kilowatts and 19.7 kilowatts, the two solar installations will combine to produce around 54,000 kilowatt-hours each year, which is only enough to power around four houses-worth of electricity.

However, the two sites will serve as instructional and demonstration tools for the areas, helping to promote green energy in surrounding towns.

"In the 10 years since TVA became the first utility in the Southeast to offer consumers clean electricity through Green Power Switch, we've seen a renewable energy renaissance take root in the Tennessee Valley," sid John Trawick, TVA senior vice president for commercial operations and pricing, said in a statement. "Green Power Switch continues to attract new consumers, and these new solar sites will support their commitment to renewable energy."

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Tennessee already receives nearly 13 percent of its power from hydroelectricity, with another 1.2 percent from other renewables.

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