Tennessee Solar Farm Receives Environmental Approval


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed its environmental review for the West Tennessee Solar Farm, to be located in Haywood County, Tenn., and found that the 5 MW project complies with all applicable federal regulations for environmental protection.

When complete, the West Tennessee Solar Farm will sit on 200 acres of land adjacent to Interstate 40. The design for the project calls for the installation of more than 21,000 silicon-based PV modules producing more than 7,000,000 kWh of electricity annually.

Development is being managed by the University of Tennessee, which has contracted with Chattanooga-based Signal Energy as the project's design/build firm.

The project is a part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, which will use $31 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to develop the project. In addition, the Tennessee Solar Institute will use $23.5 million to issue grants from the Solar Opportunity Fund.

SOURCE: University of Tennessee

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