On May 7, 2019, BrightRidge, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Silicon Ranch “Flipped the Switch” on the Tri-Cities’ first community solar project, a 5-megawatt solar farm outside of Jonesborough, TN.

Project Size
Solar Panels
Solar Modules
40 acres
Site Footprint

The BrightRidge Solar Farm is designed to generate ~8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, with zero carbon emissions and zero water consumption.

Now complete, the project produces enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 500 homes over the course of a year and ~ 40 acres is covered by more than 41,000 solar panels.

Since the project is owned and operated by Silicon Ranch, it is also net positive for the local tax base with minimal demands placed on public infrastructure. “As Tennessee’s largest independent solar power producer, Silicon Ranch is honored to partner with BrightRidge and TVA to generate low-cost, clean energy and support economic development in our home state,” said Silicon Ranch Chairman Matt Kisber. “We’re currently building solar farms from Memphis to the Tri-Cities, proving that solar has a bright future in the Tennessee Valley.”


Read more about this project:

Solar Industry Magazine: BrightRidge, Silicon Ranch Partner on Tennessee Solar Farm

The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA: BrightRidge partnering with Silicon Ranch, TVA for new 9 MW Solar Farm

Johnson City Press: A new solar farm is coming to Washington County

WCYB-TV: Broadcast

Solar Power World: Silicon Ranch to build 9-MW solar project for Tennessee utility BrightRidge

WJHL-TV: BrightRidge partnering with Silicon Ranch, TVA for new solar farm

BrightRidge: BrightRidge Solar Community

Johnson City Press: Solar power farm a first for Northeast Tennessee

WCBY-TV: BrightRidge, Silicon Ranch plan to hire 50-100 workers for solar project

WJHL-TV: BrightRidge breaks ground on Tri-Cities’ first solar community project

Johnson City News & Neighbor: Ground broken on solar farm project near Jonesborough

Press Release: BrightRidge partnering with Silicon Ranch, TVA for new 9 MW Solar Farm

Press Release: BrightRidge and Silicon Ranch Break Ground on First Solar Project under TVA Flexibility Program

Press Release: BrightRidge, TVA and Silicon Ranch Flip the Switch on Tri-Cities’ first solar farm

The Tri-Cities Go Solar
“Access to clean, renewable energy is a key factor for many potential businesses and industries looking to locate in our region. Facilities like this one help ensure our region remains competitive nationally in economic development… This is a great opportunity for us. We are near the oldest town in Tennessee, and we are [introducing] one of the newest forms of energy technology available.”

-Jeff Dykes, BrightRidge CEO

Project Partners