Tennessee’s growing solar market garnered attention at the 2012 Solar Solutions Conference, hosted by theTennessee Valley Authority (TVA) andTennessee Solar Institute (TSI), which convened at the Memphis Cook Convention Center this week in Memphis, Tennessee (US).
“Worldwide investment in solar energy grew by more than a third last year, hitting $137 billion, and Tennessee companies are earning a healthy piece of this burgeoning business,” said John Sanseverino, Ph.D., program director of the Tennessee Solar Institute. “Tennessee now has 180 for-profit companies in the solar sector, including 33 new companies that have set up shop since 2008.”
The Solar Solutions Conference brought together more than 500 people, including industry and government leaders from across the country, to discuss the future of solar energy. Since 2008, Tennessee has gone from less than a tenth of a megawatt of solar photovoltaic capacity, to more than 27MW of solar power installed.