Archive for February 15, 2012

Interest in solar energy rising in Dickson, TN

Solar Plexus owner Jim Lindsey and Sundog Solar owner Gary Wolf, who brought solar power to DMA. / Submitted

It’s an election year, and talking heads on both sides of the political aisle have championed job creation, and promoted small business growth to stimulate a lagging economy.

Robert Cooper has compiled 40 years of experience in design and construction, including 11 years building theatrical sets at The Renaissance Center in Dickson. He was laid-off a year and a half ago from his position at the fine arts facility.

Cooper has since turned to the solar energy industry as a source of income and employment, applying his talents with design, drawing and construction to use installing solar panels with Nashville-based Sundog Solar.

Cooper and DMA are among a growing list of individuals and businesses increasingly turning to the solar energy industry as a source of employment in a job market that’s recently seen double-digit unemployment rates, and as a hedge against future energy inflation costs.

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Silicon Ranch, Phoenix Solar Installing 200 kW PV Array

Phoenix Solar Inc. and Silicon Ranch Corp. plan to build a 200 kW PV solar system on the roof of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Construction on the rooftop is currently under way, with completion scheduled for the second quarter of this year. The project will require the installation of 840 solar modules.

As owner of the solar facility, Silicon Ranch will sell the electricity to the Tennessee Valley Authority and share a portion of the proceeds with Second Harvest. In turn, Second Harvest will use the proceeds to reduce costs. Phoenix Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction services, as well as long-term operations and maintenance services.