Silicon Ranch Corporation, in partnership with Phoenix Solar, released plans to build a 200-kW solar system on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s rooftop—Phoenix Solar’s largest rooftop installation in the United States. Construction is underway, with a completion date scheduled in mid-2012, and will require the installation of 840 solar modules.
The first nonprofit solar partnership of its kind in Tennessee, the project serves as a model for how nonprofit organizations can use the financial benefits of solar power to offset costs and provide greater levels of service to the community.
Silicon Ranch Corporation will own the solar facility and will sell the electricity to Tennessee Valley Authority, sharing a portion of the proceeds with Second Harvest. Second Harvest will use its proceeds to reduce costs and redirect the savings to distribute 480,000 meals to needy residents in a 46 county service area of Tennessee. Phoenix Solar will provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services as well as long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services.
“Silicon Ranch approached Second Harvest because of the critical mission Second Harvest provides to the community and for the progressive nature of its leadership. Second Harvest’s management and board of directors have successfully grown and managed an enterprise that provides almost half of Tennessee with emergency food assistance,” said Matt Kisber, President and CEO of Silicon Ranch Corporation.
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