Rockwood, TN - Groundbreaking for 1 Megawatt Solar Array

August 4, 2016 – RSI and Vis Solis, Inc. hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the launch of their new 1 megawatt (MW) solar array, Plateau Park Solar, at Plateau Partnership Park industrial development complex in Rockwood, Tennessee. Community and elected officials from Rockwood, Crossville, and Roane, Morgan, and Cumberland Counties were in attendance.   

This project represents another exciting partnership between leaders in the Tennessee Solar Industry. Working together for over five years, Vis Solis, Franklin, TN, and Brown Construction, Fayetteville, TN, joined forces and formed the new partnership, Tennessee Valley Alternative Energy, earlier this year to provide EPC services for alternative energy projects in the Tennessee Valley.  With the new 1 MW Plateau Park Solar array, we continue in our quest for increasing solar generation projects in the Tennessee.
Carlos Mayer, President and CEO, Vis Solis Inc. and
Managing Member of Tennessee Valley Alternative Energy

Plateau Park Solar is a 1 MW solar photovoltaic electric power‑generating facility developed under a partnership between Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI) and Vis Solis in cooperation with Plateau Partnership Park and the City of Rockwood, Tennessee.  Engineering, procurement, and construction of Plateau Park Solar is performed by Tennessee Valley Alternative Energy as the primary subcontractor.

“RSI’s Renewable Energy Program developed a ‘Solar Advantage’ approach to
help industrial facilities in our region create sustainability attributes by locating large‑scale
solar generating facilities on restricted or unbuildable parcels.”

Paul Clay, President, Restoration Services, Inc.

The project is located on a 6-acre parcel at Plateau Partnership Park, a commercial and industrial development site.  Plateau Partnership Park is the product of a historic economic development partnership of Cumberland, Morgan, and Roane Counties in East Tennessee.  The solar project will create a major environmental attribute for this industrial complex that is immediately adjacent to Interstate 40.

“We see this project as a positive asset for the park as we move forward toward the development of one of the state’s premier industrial sites.  We welcome RSI and
Vis Solis and thank them for choosing our site for this facility”

John Davis, Chairman, Industrial Development Board of the Counties of
Cumberland, Morgan and Roane, Tennessee

The project will sell electric power to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) through an interconnection with Rockwood Electric Utility.  The 1 megawatt solar array will be constructed using 3,268 solar modules at 305 watts each.  The modules will be connected to a single axis tracker to maximize generation.  

System generation is estimated at approximately 1,688,384 kWh per year.  That is the equivalent to CO2 emissions from 175 homes’ electrical use per year or greenhouse gas emissions from 251 passenger vehicles driven per year.

RSI and Vis Solis have three additional 1 MW sites under development in the TVA region in Knox, Putnam, and Loudon counties.

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Vis Solis (Latin for “the power of the sun”) facilitates the development, installation, and financing of utility-scale and commercial photovoltaic projects no matter if it is a ground-, roof-, or pole‑mounted system.  Learn more at: http://vissolis.us/.

RSI is an employee-owned, small business headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with offices in Oak Ridge, Portsmouth, OH, and Aiken, SC, offering services focused on environmental cleanup and beneficial site reuse.  Learn more at www.rsienv.com.

Caption: Plateau Park Solar groundbreaking ceremony at Plateau Partnership Park industrial development complex in Rockwood, Tennessee. Left to right: John Davis, Chair of Plateau Partnership Park; Gil Hough, RSI; Kendall Bear; Rockwood Electric Utility; Florent Abadie, Enerparc Inc.; Barry Brown, Tennessee Valley Alternative Energy; and Steve Noe, TVA.
Photo: RSI

Caption: Plateau Partnership Park board members and elected officials join project developers and TVA renewable energy team for the Plateau Park Solar groundbreaking ceremony at Plateau Partnership Park industrial development complex in Rockwood, Tennessee.
Photo: RSI

Caption: Plateau Park Solar groundbreaking ceremony at Plateau Partnership Park industrial development complex in Rockwood, Tennessee.
Photo: RSI