Archive for August 14, 2012

2012 Department of Agriculture REAP grants

In the state of Tennessee several grants were issued for 2012. They are:

G and L Bullen Nursery $25,731 Installation of a 200kW Solar PV System
B&R Holding Partnership $19,293 Installation of a 200kW Solar PV System
Stan Bullen $12,862 Installation of a 200kW Solar PV System

TVA Board of Directors Meeting August 16th in Knoxvillle

TVA has scheduled a board of directors meeting in Knoxville for 8:30 am on August 16th. We have made a series of calls and emails trying to sign up for their listening session. We have not received a reply to our request to speak up to the end of business. Their was a notice stating that those wishing to address the board could sign up starting today, August 9th. This is an important meeting based on what has been proposed as potential changes lowering the feed-in tariff for solar making it unattractive to homeowners wanting a reasonable rate of return. If you are so inclined you can go to the board email site at board@tva.gov and sign up to speak.

Bill Clinton on “Visibly Tattooed” Solar Workers, Unions, and Wind

“The more people with visible tattoos who advocate for clean energy,” President Clinton said, “the more success it will have in Washington.”
In a keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit, former President Bill Clinton recounted a visit to BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah solar power plant at which he observed many of the 370-megawatt project’s all-union construction crew to be both enthusiastic about renewable energy — and visibly tattooed.

“The more people with visible tattoos who advocate for clean energy,” President Clinton said, “the more success it will have in Washington.” And, he added, “You win the tattooed vote and we’ll have the damnedest environmental policy anybody ever saw.”

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Latest NREL Report Suggests that Tennessee Has a Solar PV Potential of 20 Times the Amount of Electricity Used in the State

In a government report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory demonstrates the tremendous potential for solar energy generation in Tennessee. The report estimates the technical potential of solar PV as well as other renewable power sources for the production of electrical power. It is a study of the potential based on renewable resource availability and quality, technical system performance, topographic limitations, environmental, and land-use constraints only. The study does not consider the economic, political or market constraints. In 2010, Tennessee used 103,522 GWh (103,522,000,000 kWh). The report estimates that the total solar potential including rural and urban utility-scale PV as well as roof-top solar would amount to 2,295,918 GWh.

The full report can be found here