Leaders with the TVA solar initiative, which is a plan to encourage solar installations in the region, are looking for participation from Chattanooga residents.
"We have had good initial interest for this innovative community solar model from various market segments,” Neil Placer, TVA’s project leader for the SAVE initiative, said in a prepared statement. “Now we want to remind our Valley customers, regional businesses and local residents about the approaching deadline so that no one misses this unique opportunity.”
The Solar Aggregated Value and Education initiative is seeking to add clean, no-carbon solar generation to communities. The initial project would create 500 kilowatts of solar generation at TVA facilities, locations the utility serves or government-owned facilities.
The initiative will include teams made up of people from corporations, government agencies and solar industry representatives, as well as business and community leaders.
"TVA is going to provide funding for this project," Mike Bradley, TVA spokesman said, adding that the investment will be at least $2 million.
TVA is looking for community proposals with information including location of solar installations, suggestions for participants and ideas about size of the solar panels, he said.
"What we want to do is offer more solar and offer it sustainably," Bradley said.
The deadline for the proposals, which is the first of a two stage request for proposals process, is Nov. 7.
The initiative is the first of 11 TVA projects that are part of the Clean Air Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that aims to meet TVA's goals of supporting low cost clean energy.
As part of the Clean Air Agreement, TVA leaders have identified environmental projects that support their vision for clean air in the region.
"The cost of solar is going down all the time," Bradley said. "It's a promising source for the future."
For more information about the solar initiative, click here.
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