As incentives dim, solar companies shift focus

Adrian Sainz/Associated Press Daniel Poneman, the deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, center, is given a tour of the West Tennessee Solar Farm by two project managers in Stanton, Tenn., in April. The state's solar industry sees few new large-scale solar projects being built because of changes in TVA incentives.


The landscape for solar power is changing, and the leaders of two Knoxville solar companies are altering their focus to adapt to the shift.

Ignited by federal stimulus dollars, the industry has enjoyed three years of federal and state incentives that have, for the most part, dimmed. And last year, TVA scaled back its incentives, limiting the most generous payments to systems producing less than 50 kilowatts of power. That’s left many in the industry to predict few, if any, large commercial installations will be built in the near future.

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2 comments

  1. Lisa Smith says:

    I want to install solar panels on my doublewide trailer home. Is there an assistance program for low income families?

    • SLevy says:

      Unfortunately there are no programs for low income families. I wish I knew of some way to help you. Our organization will be holding a solar do-it-yourself workshop on October 18th at the U.T. Conference Center in downtown Knoxville.

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