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IdleAir seeks sustainable growth where solar can help

IdleAir is exploring the possibility of ‘”brownfield parking.” This involves finding brownfield sites in cities where truck drivers can reserve parking to get their mandated breaks. Because of traffic congestion, truck drivers often park far outside of cities like New York, then “make a sniper shot in to their destination,” CEO Ethan Garber said. This tends to waste a lot of time, he said.

Brownfield parking is a great idea especially if it provides for solar shaded parking which could be an excellent community solar project. The shaded parking will generate power during daylight hours and then in the evening serve the truck parking with the IdleAir convenience. The result would be a win-win for truck parking as well as cleaner air. Food for thought.

For more information on community solar and its benefits, go to: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/49930.pdf

The original story can be found here

KUB Planning a Community Solar Farm


While businesses and organizations are installing solar panels to meet power needs, the costs of such installations are still beyond the means of most homeowners, Bolas said. KUB is looking for a location on one of its properties where it can place solar panels, which people can buy and earn credit on their electricity bills for the power that panel produces, he said.
The project is still in the planning stage, Bolas told the board. TSEA commends KUB in its consideration of launching a community solar farm

April 30th Deadline for REAP grant submission

solar farming2The April 30th deadline for the REAP program is fast approaching. If you have projects you are working on, please get our Specialist involved as early as possible to ensure the environmental review is started early. We have received a lot of applications, but there is a lot of money in the program this year. We still need some smaller projects, especially, in the $20,000 or less grant category. The program is not just for renewable projects. We can assist with energy efficiency improvement to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Some examples include:
Lighting, HVAC, insulation, windows, fans, grain dryers, irrigation, coolers, equipment replacement, etc. The list goes on and on.

If you have any questions in regard to this or the program, or need additional information, please let me know or contact your local office.
Best regards,

Pamela N. Crozier
Energy Coordinator/State Specialist
Rural Development, USDA
3322 West End Avenue, Ste 300
Nashville, TN 37203
615-783-1367 direct
855-776-7059 fax
www.rd.usda.gov/tn

TREEDC to host solar workshop in Winfield Tennessee

Topics Discussed will be:
  • Solar Opportunities for cities, counties, and schools under the TVA’s new incentive program.
Date and Location:
  • April 7, 2015 : 11:30 AM Eastern Time
  • 24961 Scott Highway, Winfield, TN 37892
Event Schedule:
  1. Introduction of Warren Nevad, The University of Tennessee MTAS/TREEDC Director
  2. TVA Solar incentive program for local governments and schools: Greg Kelly, Hannah Solar.
  3. Financing Options for local governments and schools: Greg Kelly, Hannah Solar.
  4. Case Studies: Hawkins County Tennessee and Tybee Island, Georgia: Greg Kelly, Hannah Solar.
  5. Question and Answer session: TREEDC president James Talley

Visit TREEDC for more information.

Adults can go back to school for free at any one of the 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

The programs are part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to increase the number of college-educated residents in Tennessee to 55 percent by the year 2025.

Those interested in returning to school must apply by May 15.

State lawmakers approved the Reconnect grant last year when they signed off on the Tennessee Promise, which allows eligible high school seniors to attend community college for free.

The Chattanooga open house will showcase 24 programs ranging from industrial electronics to massage therapy.

Patrick Wade, assistant director of TCAT in Knoxville, said the campus is adding more night programs, all of which are in demand locally.

The original article can be located here:NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)