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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.
Join us at Green Drinks in the Bearden Beer Market 5:30PM!!
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
Join ARiES Energy for a workshop to learn how to lower your energy bill, improve the environment, and increase the value and marketability of your home. Topics include the fundamentals of solar power, installation, warranties, maintenance, and economics.
ARiES is working with local banks to make a solar investment more feasible for you by providing financing options so you can lower your bills right away, with little to no money down.
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
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Interested in how YOU can go solar?? Join ARiES Energy for a solar workshop at the zoo January 26th. For more information, click here.
Can’t make it on the 26th?Join us Tuesday January 22 at United Community Bank in Farragut at 5:30PM or Wednesday January 23rd at Bearden Beer Market at 6:30PM
Harvey Abouelata wants Tennessee to “take the brass ring and run with it.”
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.
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