Construction starts on 9-MW solar project under new TVA distributed generation program

Jun 9, 2021 07:44 PM ET
  • BrightRidge, Silicon Ranch and also the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) broke ground Tuesday morning on a brand-new solar farm in western Washington County, Tennessee. The 9-MWac center will certainly be called the Martin Solar Farm in honor of the late Ralph Martin, that served for years as supervisor of the neighborhood power firm.

As the companions introduced last September, the project is the initial to enter the building and construction stage under TVA's brand-new Generation Flexibility Program that is developed to encourage neighborhood power business (LPCs) to develop new distributed generation facilities. The Martin Solar Farm will permit BrightRidge to create tidy energy to reduce prices and support area and also financial growth.

The energy created by the Martin Solar Farm will be supplied first to area K-12 and college systems curious about offsetting several of their electrical energy requires with cleaner energy sources.

" BrightRidge is recognized to remain to lead the area in distributed solar generation, thanks to collaboration agreements with TVA and also Silicon Ranch," claimed Jeff Dykes, BrightRidge Chief Executive Officer. "These partnerships give our clients with a reliable means to accessibility clean energy advantages at range while staying clear of the lasting prices of separately owned and run centers. At the same time, we understand accessibility to tidy energy is a key long-lasting driver of financial possibility in our area."

Silicon Ranch expects to spend numerous million bucks secretive resources to construct the Martin Solar Farm as well as will possess as well as run the variety for the long term. The project will certainly be the second solar generation facility on the BrightRidge system built in collaboration with Silicon Ranch as well as TVA. In 2019 the partners commissioned the Telford Solar Farm under the former TVA Distributed Solar Solutions program.

" Under the visionary management of its CEO Jeff Dykes and its board of supervisors, BrightRidge continues to represent the most effective of public power and also is really at the vanguard of the Flexibility Program here in the Tennessee Valley," claimed Matt Kisber, Silicon Ranch founder and also chairman. "Silicon Ranch is honored to expand our collaboration with BrightRidge via this spots project, and we applaud TVA for equipping all LPCs to take advantage of low-cost renewable resource to meet client needs and also hire brand-new business."

Silicon Ranch expects to work with around 150 craft workers to mount a single-axis tracking system that will certainly make 25,000 bifacial solar panels to follow the sunlight across its day-to-day arc.

" TVA is a low-priced carbon reduction leader, as well as it takes partners like BrightRidge and also Silicon Ranch to help us change into a cleaner energy future," Doug Perry, elderly VP, TVA Commercial Energy Solutions. "TVA prepares to accomplish a 70% carbon reduction by 2030, as well as BrightRidge's Martin Solar Farm will certainly be a sign to attract jobs and financial investment right into the area."

As it makes with all projects, Silicon Ranch will certainly concentrate on employing employees from the regional community and also bordering region. When building and construction is total in late 2021, the project will certainly produce enough carbon-free power to assist power more than 1,000 homes. Additionally, Silicon Ranch will certainly add considerable tax obligation earnings that are accretive to the local tax base as well as help sustain the neighborhood school district.

" Today's news is wonderful information for East Tennessee," said Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger. "This financial investment will certainly produce even more jobs in our area and also hopefully draw in additional investments later on. I would love to give thanks to Jeff Dykes and the team at BrightRidge for their support to our community."

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