OAK RIDGE, January 2015 - Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI) was notified by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that their two Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) applications were accepted for the 20-year Renewable Standard Offer (RSO) and 10-year Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI) rate programs. Each application is for a 1 megawatt utility-scale solar power generating facility. The facilities are planned for the Highlands Business Park in Cookeville, Tennessee, and the Sugarlimb Industrial Park in Loudon County, Tennessee. The 2 megawatts of solar energy generation are enough to power 209 homes for a year and the equivalent of offsetting 2,286 of CO2 gas produced by 481 automobiles.
The Highland Business Park is a recently opened 224 acre state-of-the-art business park located immediately adjacent to Interstate I-40 that was jointly developed by the city of Cookeville and Putnam County to offer infrastructure-ready industrial development properties. RSI’s proposed “Solar Advantage” project will create a major environmental sustainability attribute of the Highlands Business Park that was ecologically engineered and designed to be in harmony with the site’s natural environment. The proposed 1 megawatt array will be located on a parcel of land unsuited for industrial development because of its proximity to an adjacent protected wetlands area and associated access and area limitations. This project will be constructed using 3,278, 305-watt solar modules connected to a single axis-tilt system using ground mounted structures. System generation is estimated at approximately 1,657,243 KWh per year. Interconnection of this solar power generating project will be through the Cookeville Electric Department.
The Sugarlimb Industrial Park is located in the northern part of the city of Loudon immediately adjacent to the Tennessee River and contains several existing industrial manufacturing tenants. This Park was jointly developed by the city of Loudon and Loudon County to offer infrastructure ready industrial development properties. It is managed by the Loudon County Economic Development Agency under joint oversight by the municipal and county governments. RSI’s proposed “Solar Advantage” project will create a major environmental sustainability attribute of the Sugarlimb Industrial Park. The proposed solar array will be located on a parcel of land unsuited for industrial development because of its proximity to adjacent site infrastructure (e.g., utility easements) and associated area limitations. It will be constructed using 3,278 305-watt solar modules connected to a 25-degree, single axis-tilt system using ground mounted structures. System generation is estimated at approximately 1,657,243 kWh per year. Interconnection of the solar power generating project will be through the Loudon Utilities Board.