Tennessee’s Solar Future Looks Bright

A worker passes solar panels at the West Tennessee Solar Farm, which sits on 200 acres of land adjacent to Interstate 40 in Haywood County. (Photo: Lance Murphey)

The president of the Chattanooga, Tenn., company building the West Tennessee Solar Project in Haywood County says Tennessee has a lot of so far unrealized potential for large utility scale solar arrays. And Ben Fischer of Signal Energy calls the economic development potential of the large arrays “essentially manufacturing without a roof.” “Not only has the technology improved, the cost has really come down in just the equipment,” Fischer said. “The installation methods and the ways in which they achieve economies of scale on large-scale projects has made us more cost effective as well.”

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