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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

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)

UT Reaffirms Focus on Energy With Newest Car Charging Station

Solar-Array-300x181 Advances in solar technology may come as a result of a new electric vehicle charging station and solar panels at UT, created in partnership with the university’s West Tennessee Solar Farm.

They are being located atop the Eleventh Street Garage and are the reason for the recent construction and space closures.

Completion is due by the end of the month, the area will offer five sports devoted solely to electric vehicles with 7 total chargers available.

The station will be connected to the Power Electronics Laboratory in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, part of the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks, or CURENT.

“This is a great opportunity to help the environment while at the same time demonstrating some of the latest green technology,” said College of Engineering dean Wayne Davis.

The five-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm, on of southeast’s largest solar arrays, is located along interstate 40 about fifty miles northeast of Memphis.

Online since 2012, the farm is capable of producing enough energy to power 500 homes a year. It was created through the stimulus-funded Volunteer State Solar Initiative and is owned and operated by UT.

“The purpose of the West Tennessee Solar Farm is to generate power, demonstrate new technology, and educate the public about solar power. This project with the College of Engineering is a fulfillment of those goals by offering educational opportunities to students who may one day develop solar technology of the future,” said Stacey Patterson, UT System assistant vice president and director of research partnerships for UT, who coordinated efforts between the college and the solar farm.

Revenue generated by the solar farm is funding the garage project and connecting it to the Power Electronics Laboratory.

Find the article here.