First-of-its-kind community solar farm for Jackson Energy Authority
JACKSON, Tn., November 13, 2019 – Jackson Energy Authority (JEA), Silicon Ranch Corporation (Silicon Ranch), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) “Flipped the Switch” today on the two (2) megawatt (MW) Jackson, Tennessee Community Solar Farm. Two years after Jackson Energy Authority and Silicon Ranch were awarded the project through TVA’s Distributed Solar Solutions (DSS) program, the solar farm is officially generating low-cost and reliable renewable energy.
Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers, funded the construction and will own and operate the facility. The solar farm is designed to generate more than 3,500 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, with zero carbon emissions and zero water consumption.
“Sustainability is an important aspect of the industrial community’s culture,” says Jim Ferrell, President & CEO, Jackson Energy Authority. “This solar farm is the first project of its kind for Jackson Energy Authority. It occupies more than 20 acres and is an Industrial Community Solar Project designed to support the efforts of our industrial community to reach their sustainability goals.”
The project has special personal significance for Silicon Ranch Co-Founder and Board Chairman Matt Kisber, who grew up in Jackson and represented the community for twenty years in the Tennessee House of Representatives. “I call Jackson ‘home’ and am personally proud that my company Silicon Ranch will also call Jackson ‘home’ for decades to come. On behalf of our entire team, I applaud the staff, leadership, and Board of Directors at Jackson Energy Authority for their commitment to meet the sustainability goals of their industrial customers in a creative, cost-effective manner, and I thank TVA for making this partnership possible.”
The entire project was developed in partnership with TVA. “Cost-effective, renewable energy is an important part of TVA’s diverse energy portfolio and projects like the Jackson, Tennessee Solar Farm help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and achieve their sustainability goals,” said Chris Hansen, TVA director of Origination & Renewables. “We’ve reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by 60% from peak levels and are targeting 70% reduction by 2030. We are committed to working with businesses and communities to create a cleaner, greener future for the Tennessee Valley.”
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