The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA), has awarded 16.7 MW of solar capacity to four local power companies (LPCs) that applied through the Distributed Solar Solutions pilot. Once completed, the projects will generate enough solar energy to power more than 1,300 homes, according to TVA.
“Distributed Solar Solutions is an important Valley solar initiative. It brings our LPCs and solar developers together to generate clean energy in a thoughtful and collaborative manner that best serves the region’s 9 million consumers,” says Cindy Herron, TVA’s vice president of EnergyRight Solutions.
In January, TVA and TVPPA rolled out the community-focused solar pilot. LPCs, in partnership with developers, began submitting their applications for solar projects that ranged from 1 MW to 5 MW. TVA says it reviewed 11 proposals and has approved 16.7 MW of LPC-directed solar projects in the following service areas: Chickasaw Electric Cooperative, East Mississippi Electric Power Association, Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp. and Johnson City Power Board.
“TVA remains committed to providing clean, efficient renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint and help protect the environment,” continues Herron. “We are pleased with the level of interest.”
Today, TVA says electricity in the Tennessee Valley is being produced at more than 2,600 renewable energy locations that include solar, wind, low-impact hydro and biogas. TVA currently has more than 400 MW of renewable solar power under contract.