Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, TN is going solar! Help them celebrate the installation of their new 50 kW solar installation on Saturday, June 21st between 12:00 to 3:00. There will be free Solar Solstice T-Shirts and mini-cupcakes from Magpies Bakery, tours of the installation, and great deals on products made with solar energy! The install features Stion solar panels (Made in the USA!), Power-One inverters and DPW racking. Thanks to ARiES Energy for making the install happen! More Details
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We have some good news for rural businesses, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has received funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The REAP program supports renewable energy production and energy efficiency projects.
Solar Energy Lunch & Learn Events for Farmers & Rural Businesses
LightWave Solar will host two events to explain the benefits of adding solar photovoltaics (PV) to farms and rural businesses. The presentations will cover the basics of solar energy including system components, costs, and a breakdown of the available incentives, including TVA’s solar buyback program, which still has limited capacity for 2014, and the USDA REAP grant which covers up to 25% of system cost. The USDA is now accepting grant applications, and USDA Rural Development representatives will be present. The events are free, and lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to Grace Robertson at 615-641-4050 x104 or email@example.com.
Friday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
UT Experiment Station
605 Airways Blvd
Jackson, TN 38301
Wednesday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Art Center of Cannon County
1424 John Bragg Hwy
Woodbury, TN 37190
The USDA REAP is Currently Accepting Applications from Rural Farmers, Ranchers, and Small Businesses for Grants Supporting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects. Applications are due in May of 2014.
The Program is designed to promote rural economic development by assisting rural businesses to become more energy efficient and even generate energy from their own renewable systems.
Grants may cover up to 25% of the cost for eligible projects. Grants may range from $1,500 to $250,000 for energy efficiency projects and $2,500 to $500,000 for renewable energy projects. The funding level this year is expected to match or exceed last year’s level.
With 345 Stion frameless panels, Aurora inverters and a frameless racking system, this system is ready to go! ARiES Energy also installed a energy monitoring system, so the property owners can monitor their energy production, giving them the power to make educated decisions about future energy-efficiency upgrades.
Most of our Solar Tour sites are available for visits throughout the month, but Wampler’s Farm Sausage is open to the public one day only – don’t miss your chance to learn and win!
Saturday, October 19 from 11am to 2pm at Wampler’s Farm Sausage
We can’t think of a better way to start your tour of the future of distributed power than with Wampler’s Farm Sausage.
Wampler’s Farm Sausage, a sausage company in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, has been setting the pace and leading us towards energy independence and a cleaner, healthier future for the generations to come. Wampler’s started with a small 30-kilowatt (kW) solar PV system and leveraged that success into a 500 kW solar PV system. The confidence and success of these two investments have helped Wampler’s decision to install the world’s first Proton Power CHyP system!
Ted Wampler, Jr., President of Wampler’s Farm Sausage, will be on-site for the kick off of ARiES Energy’s 2013 Solar Tour. He will share with you about the company’s exciting, profitable journey to energy independence and a cleaner, safer future for your children.
ARiES Energy would like to invite you to participate in the 2013 ARiES Energy Solar Tour, part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour event. The event runs most of the month of October so you can pick which day works best for you.
Check out the Solar Tour map and visit the locations! Take a picture of the solar system and tag the picture for a chance to win one of our many prizes!
Visit the ARiES Energy website for the map and more info:
KINGSTON — This city is getting into the solar power business, and it’s not costing taxpayers a dime, Mayor Troy Beets said.
In a cooperative venture with a Nashville company, 200 solar panels are being installed behind the city’s water treatment plant on Highway 58 South, the mayor said after a brief ceremony Tuesday at the facility.
Another 800 panels will be put in place in July on a 1.38-acre tract of city-owned land off James Ferry Road near the plant.
“Our only skin in the game is the property,” Beets said.
Combined, the 1,000 panels should generate the equivalent of enough electrical power to operate the water treatment plant, which has about a $6,000-a-month electric bill.
James Rose, Senior Lecturer & Interim Director for the Institute for Smart Structures in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, will provide a presentation on the UT Solar Decathlon team. Find out more info on the team here: www.livinglightutk.com
Enjoy a beer and green conversation AND check out Bearden Beer Market’s brand new 5 kilowatt solar array!
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will congregate in the Yazoo Room. Don’t let the rain or cold weather keep you away!!
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Saturday, March 23 at 10:00AM and 1:00PM
For more information about the Spectrum exhibit:
The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Knoxville Center mall near the JC Penney entrance and giant Power T. Knoxville Center mall is located near I-640 Exit 8 at 3001 Knoxville Center Drive.
Thanks to Wampler’s Farm Sausage, Knoxville Zoo is taking its most ambitious step yet toward sustainability; the installation of a solar power system on the roof of The Stokely African Elephant Preserve barn. The 50 kilowatt system, constructed by local energy electrical contractor ARiES Energy, LLC, will produce clean, renewable energy for the zoo and provide an opportunity to educate guests on the use of green power.
Knoxville Zoo partnered with Wampler’s Farm Sausage and Family Brands International, makers of Elm Hill hot dogs and Cades Cove barbecue, because of their success in solar power generation at their manufacturing facilities. Thanks to the assistance from Wampler’s, the zoo can further their mission of environmental conservation by reducing their carbon footprint with the added benefit of providing an ongoing income stream for the zoo as part of the TVA Green Power Providers Program
Interested in how YOU can go solar?? Join ARiES Energy for a solar workshop at the zoo January 26th. For more information, click here.
In a recent interview with teknovation.biz, the President of ARiES advocated for a tagline that simply says “Tennessee . . . Where Energy Begins.” ARiES stands for Alternative, Renewable, Innovative, Economic, Solutions for Energy, a company that Abouelata founded about a year ago with two partners – Mary Shaffer Gill and Patrick West.
His work for the last several years in a variety of energy sectors provides a good perspective on why he believes the tagline makes sense. For Abouelata, it’s an easy sell.
“If you want to be in the theater, you go to Broadway. If you want to be in finance, you go to Wall Street. If you want to be in energy, you come here.”
Abouelata cites the state’s assets that many know – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Electric Power Research Institute, Sharp Electronics Corporation, Wacker Chemie, and Hemlock Semiconductor.