SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
SACE Solar PV Installation Goes LIVE
After a year of working hard on energy efficiency improvements, in March 2012 SACE’s Knoxville, TN office officially became solar-powered. Our Green Earth Solar system’s performance – from kilowatts produced to pollution reduced and dollars earned – can be tracked through this Sunny Portal. SACE’s Office in Knoxville is now equipped with a 9.36 kW, ground-mounted system, with Sharp ND-240QCJ panels, a Sunny Boy 8000 inverter and Iron Ridge racking. All these components were made in the USA, and we chose the Sharp panels because they are made in the Southeast at Sharp’s Memphis, Tennessee facility, highlighting green jobs in action.
– The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Community Block Grant (EECBG) awarded the City of Knoxville over $2 million.
– Susana Sutherland and Jacob Tisinger at the City’s Office of Sustainability created The Green Building and Incentives Program and enlisted Stacy Gloss of the Knox County Community Action Committee’s (CAC) Housing and Energy Services Program to administer the Clean Energy Technology Grant (TN-DET).
The SACE system also qualified as part of the TVA Generation Partners’ Expanded Pilot, entitling our organization to a one-time payment of $1000. More importantly, however, being part of the Generation Partners enables SACE to sell the production from our solar system back to the grid at 12 cents per kWh above our electric rate for ten years. So, since this 9.36 kW system is projected to generate about 12,000 kWh annually, this will add up to about $2,500 per year!
TVA’s Generation Partners pilot currently has 722 projects totaling 33 MW of renewable generation. An estimated 472 projects have been approved and are in various stages of completion, representing the potential for an additional 76 MW of generation.
In November 2011, TVA announced Green Power Providers, a new long-term program, which replaces the pilot and should be available for distributors’ consideration by April 1, 2012. During the transition, TVA will continue to accept applications under the Generation Partners pilot.
The Green Earth Solar crew started digging the holes for the installation on February 13, 2012. After plumbing the poles, pouring the concrete, and attaching the mounts in record time, they started installing the panels on February 28, 2012. All together the entire process only took 15 days! SACE’s solar photo album provides setp-by-step photos of how a ground mounted solar system is installed.
You can follow all of our system’s performance at this Sunny Portal, including kilowatts produced, pollution reduced and dollars earned.
If you are interested in learning more on how you can invest in solar or want to join our team in advocating for more clean, safe energy contact us.