East Tennessee Chapter


Board Members:

Joseph Paul Sims – Tri-Cities, TN

Brad Coburn – Knoxville, TN

Randy Velker – Crossville, TN


Contact Info: easttnsea@gmail.com

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10 Responses

  1. Vickie Bell
    Vickie Bell / 8-23-2012 / ·

    My husband and I are interested in solar electricity for our home. We have discovered Dow’s Powerhouse shingles. However I can’t get a handle on the cost. Also, we don’t know how to compare the costs of a shingles system vs. a “solar array”. I’ve read where the shingle system does not have a battery storage and that addition would greatly increase the cost. There are also rebates and other incentives to utilize such systems. Slogging through all this info is daunting. Help!

    1. SLevy
      SLevy / 8-23-2012 / ·

      I emphasize with you. The best guidance I can give you is to attend our DIY workshop here in Knoxville on the evening of October 18th at the U.T. Conference Center. We will be advertising it very soon so mark your calendar. In the meantime, get Home Power Magazine and start reading. The magazine is the best for those of us who are not rocket scientists and find the whole subject of how light can be turned into electricity magic. We have a section of our website devoted to the basics of solar but it is too brief. We are there to help you so call us most afternoons when we are at the office. Our phone number is 865-974-9218.
      Steve Levy

  2. Brian Simonis
    Brian Simonis / 10-2-2012 / ·

    I was curious to know if there are any jobs around the area for this. Working for (or owning) a sales and installation company has been a goal of mine for over a decade now. I have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and am currently half way through my Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. I would love to be able to work to not only help people, but to help the environment as well. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

    1. SLevy
      SLevy / 10-6-2012 / ·

      With your interests and training, I believe that there are organizations that have paid staff such as Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Sierra Club and consultant firms that could make good use of your talents. I wish you were here in Knoxville and that our organization could hire someone of your talent,but unfortunately, we are all volunteers at the present. You might consider environmental outdoor work. You might send your resume to the businesses listed on our website. The solar business is still in its early growing stages. TVA has been the driving force for the solar programs in this region. I believe that the area of solar will prosper and grow. Getting in now and riding the wave may be one idea worth pursuing.

  3. Bob
    Bob / 3-14-2013 / ·


    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will share this blog with my …

    1. SLevy
      SLevy / 3-15-2013 / ·

      We do have a donate button on our Join Us page down at the bottom of the page is our donate button. We welcome donations of any size. Right now our interns are volunteers and I would appreciate donations so that we can compensate our university student interns to allow them to go to conferences and workshops are part of their education.

  4. Lional
    Lional / 9-29-2014 / ·

    I am very interested in your October 18 Tour and DIY Conference. I can’t find how to sign up on the site. Thank you for a great organization.

    1. SLevy
      SLevy / 10-9-2014 / ·

      For more information, you can email us at will@tnsolarenergy.org. You can RSVP for both events and get any further information that you may need!

  5. Allen Thompson
    Allen Thompson / 12-10-2014 / ·

    I will like to know, if there will be solar farms in the Greene County

  6. Matthew Gregory and Amber Nestor
    Matthew Gregory and Amber Nestor / 1-31-2015 / ·

    Hi. My name is Matthew Gregory. I am an electrician in the Blount County area. I have many years of experience and have additional licenses, certifications, and references. I am interested in getting in contact with Brad Coburn of the Knoxville, TN area to learn about good career opportunities. Thank you. Have a great day.

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