October 12, 2017 – Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI), TVAEnergy LLC and Vis Solis, Inc. hosted a ceremonial “powering up” of a new solar array at the Highlands Business Park industrial development complex in Cookeville, Tennessee.
“As an environmental services firm, it’s very important to our company and our employees that we engage in sustainability initiatives. We’re putting the power on the grid, and we think it will be attractive to businesses as they look to relocate or locate here in Highlands Business Park.”
Paul Clay, President of Restoration Services, Inc.
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.
Highlands Solar is a 1 MW utility‑scale photovoltaic electric power‑generating facility developed under a partnership between RSI and Vis Solis in cooperation with Highlands Business Park and the city of Cookeville, Tennessee. The engineering, procurement, and construction of Highlands Solar were performed by Vis Solis with TVAEnergy, as the primary subcontractor.
“Our team is excited to bring another 1MW of clean solar power to the grid for Tennessee. Our partnerships with TVA, local utilities, and economic development leaders make it possible to bring solar energy generation projects to the state and provide this valuable asset for Highlands Business Park.”
Carlos Mayer, President and CEO, Vis Solis
The project is located on a 6-acre parcel at Highlands Business Park, a commercial and industrial development site. Highlands Business Park was jointly developed by the city of Cookeville and Putnam County for the purpose of offering infrastructure-ready industrial development properties. The Highlands Solar project will create a major environmental attribute for this industrial complex immediately adjacent to Interstate 40.
The project will sell electric power to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) though an interconnection with Cookeville Electric Department. The proposed 1 megawatt “Solar Advantage” array will be constructed using 2,506 solar modules at 325 to 330-watts per module. System generation is estimated at approximately 1,396,000 kWh per year. That is enough power to provide electricity to 156 average‑size homes per year and off set greenhouse gases equal to that produced by 222 passenger vehicles per year.
RSI and Vis Solis have developed three additional 1MW solar arrays in the TVA region in Anderson, Knox, and Putnam Counties.
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/.
Headquartered in Oak Ridge, TN, RSI is part of the ASRC Industrial Services (AIS) engineering and professional services operating group. Established in 1996, RSI has over 20 years of successful experience focused on environmental restoration projects and beneficial site reuse. Learn more about RSI at www.rsienv.com.