U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Commercialization & Deployment

New Solar Farms in West Tennessee Signal Growth

April 13, 2012

Two new solar energy farms are generating a small but growing supply of electricity in West Tennessee, the latest signs of progress in an industry that proponents say is primed to add jobs and bolster rural and urban power supply.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday in Memphis for a solar energy symposium and the dedication of a 1 megawatt solar farm. Industry leaders also met Thursday in Stanton to formally open Tennessee's largest solar generating facility. It uses its more than 21,000 panels to harness the sun's energy and produce 5 megawatts of power.

Politicians came from Washington to tour the facilities, which supply energy purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority. About 6,500 Tennesseans are employed in the state's solar energy industry, a huge jump from just a few years ago.  Read more about this story in the April 13 edition of Bloomsburg Businessweek.