The project is called Powerhouse Six, and it’s slightly more than five acres of former Department of Energy land next to the former K-25 site where uranium was enriched.
That property is now under the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, a nonprofit economic development group, and CROET will lease the land.
“We’re turning a brown field into a bright field,” said Gil Hough, renewable-energy manager for Restoration Services Inc. RSI is an employee-owned company involved in the cleanup of DOE sites and development of solar farms on former DOE lands.
Powerhouse Six is named after the nearby powerhouse that provided electricity to K-25. The solar array consists of 3,268 solar panels. It is located on property unsuitable for other uses because now-abandoned conduit pipes for power lines to K-25 are buried there.
It is expected to produce enough electricity to run 133 typical homes for a year. It will offset greenhouse has emitted by 203 vehicles annually. It will flow into TVA’s power grid, and TVA will reimburse the solar array’s owners for it. It will cost just under $2 million to build.
The firm also built a 200-kw solar farm dubbed Brightfield One just off Tennessee 58.
Similar sized projects to Powerhouse Six are being built at Eastbridge Business Park in Knox County and at the Plateau Partnership Park in Cumberland County. In June, construction will begin for both places. Negotiations are also underway for two other sites in Loudon County and the Cookeville area and will hopefully be under construction in the fall.
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Information also from “More solar farms to shine in ET” by Bob Fowler