Renewable energy continues its expansion in the Southeast with the recent unveiling of two 1-megawatt solar farms in Tennessee and Georgia. Each is the largest solar energy project in the history of its state, but more importantly, these facilities continue the recent trend of economic growth through renewable energy markets in the Southeast.
Combine these two new solar farms with the renewable energy investments that we reported on last month, and it’s easy to see how solar energy generation and manufacturing is quickly establishing itself as an economic driver here in the Southeast.
On January 27th, A ribbon-cutting event unveiled a more than 1-megawatt (MW) solar farm at the American Drive Business Park in Jackson, TN. This system consists of 4,914 polycrystalline solar modules that were manufactured in nearby Memphis, TN by Sharp Manufacturing Company. Tennessee’s new governor, Bill Haslam, spoke at the commissioning event, touting former Governor Bredesen’s accomplishments in bringing the solar industry to Tennessee and highlighting the need to continue supporting the industry. SACE is hopeful that he will continue to champion solar as he did when he was Mayor of Knoxville.Governor Haslam and TVA’s CEO Tom Kilgore install the final solar panel at the 1 MW commissioning in Jackson, TN. Credit: EETN