The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced it is adding more solar to its generation portfolio with the construction of a solar facility at the Allen combined-cycle natural gas plant site in Memphis. The 1 MW project will be the largest TVA-owned solar project in its service area. Construction is under way, and the project should be producing power by September.
The project features more than 3,000 solar panels to be installed over approximately three acres along Riverport Road next to the Allen gas plant, which is also under construction. According to the TVA, the $1.3 million solar project will produce enough electricity to power approximately 120 average homes. Along with 5 MW of biogas generation, the Allen combined-cycle project will produce enough renewable energy to power approximately 2,900 average homes.
The TVA expects to invest about $8 billion to support its renewables portfolio over the next 20 years and says it currently has more than 400 MW of solar power under contract from other entities.