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
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The 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.
Pamela N. Crozier
Energy Coordinator/State Specialist
Rural Development, USDA
3322 West End Avenue, Ste 300
Nashville, TN 37203
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
- Introduction of Warren Nevad, The University of Tennessee MTAS/TREEDC Director
- TVA Solar incentive program for local governments and schools: Greg Kelly, Hannah Solar.
- Financing Options for local governments and schools: Greg Kelly, Hannah Solar.
- Case Studies: Hawkins County Tennessee and Tybee Island, Georgia: Greg Kelly, Hannah Solar.
- Question and Answer session: TREEDC president James Talley
Visit TREEDC for more information.
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)
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, U.S. solar power grew by 6.2 gigawatts in 2014, a 30% increase over the previous year–representing nearly $18 billion in new investment. Thousands of new photovoltaic (PV) arrays in homes, schools, businesses and utilities, as well as large concentrated solar power facilities raised the U.S.’s profile as one of the world’s leading adopters of solar power.
“Shayle Kann, senior vice president at GTM Research, noted that in just five years, the U.S. PV market—which does not include concentrated solar plants—has witnessed a fourfold expansion, from an estimated $3 billion in 2009 to $13.4 billion last year.”
Solar energy accounted for 32 percent of the nation’s new generating capacity in 2014, surpassing both coal and wind energy. Emerging solar states and large utilities desiring to take up renewable energy options are reasons for such increase, in addition the growing popularity of third-party leases offered by firms like SolarCity and Sunrun.
“Today the U.S. solar industry has more employees than tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter combined,” Rhone Resch, SEIA’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Many states have developed well-established solar markets in the last year, leading to the residential sector adding 1.2 GW of capacity in 2014, surpassing its previous annual record of 1 GW.
States rising in the solar ranks include New Mexico, Missouri, Maryland, New York, Texas and Hawaii, each adding close to 100 MW of solar capacity in 2014.
The southeast saw an increase as well. Tennessee and Georgia experienced increases in utility-scale solar and Louisiana and South Carolina sustained growth in the residential sector.
A continued boom is expected in U.S. solar markets is expected, with a projected 31% growth target for 2015.