The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today it is awarding 10 megawatts of carbon-free, solar capacity to seven local power companies who applied through TVA’s Distributed Solar Solutions pilot program. When these projects are completed, they will generate enough solar energy to power about 900 homes.
“Distributed Solar Solutions is an important TVA solar program because it brings key stakeholders together to generate clean energy in a thoughtful and collaborative manner that best serves the 9 million people of the Valley,” said Tammy Bramlett, TVA’s director of Business Development and Renewables. This company encourages local power companies and solar developers to work together to create renewable energy projects at the community level.
TVA’s selection committee ultimately chose North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, Volunteer Electric Company, Memphis Light Gas & Water, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Tullahoma Utilities Authority, Jackson Energy Authority, and Nashville Electric Service to receive the solar capacity. Each of these companies will recieve 10 megawatts of solar energy.
TVA has contracted or installed around 400 megawatts of solar capacity, and currently has more than 1,200 megawatts of wind and over 50 megawatts of biomass. TVA’s renewable program, offered through local power companies, has resulted in over 100 megawatts of renewable capacity, with more than 3,000 systems operating across the region.