Community Solar comes to Chattanooga


For the first time in its 80 year history, Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB) is generating its own power – and it is coming from the sun. The electric company is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to launch the Solar Share program. This pilot community solar program will offer 1.35 MW of solar to EPB customers.

EPB already has a smart grid in place. Harold DePriest, president and CEO of the company, says, “Solar Share is like the mass transit of solar power generation…. Just as taking the bus to work is more environmentally sustainable, community solar power generation provides tremendous benefit.”

When the project is complete, it is expected to provide enough power for 125 homes.

Neil Placer, TVA Renewable Energy Solutions senior manager, says, “With EPB, we’ve developed an innovative approach to community solar generation that gives local people multiple ways to participate…. the future is bright for solar energy, and TVA is proud of its partnership with EPB.”

Tennessee has been increasing its solar presence, and so has the TVA. This project is in line with TVA’s goal to be a leading clean energy provider by 2020.

DePriest says, “Thanks to our partnership with TVA, Solar Share will give our area the opportunity to benefit from a community-based, renewable source of energy.”


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