Mega solar farms electrify Tennessee Valley
Strata Solar will build and maintain two 20-megawatt solar farms interconnected to the Tennessee Valley Authority power system through Pickwick Electric Cooperative.
The project is an effort to develop the two largest solar energy installations in Tennessee Valley near Selmer in McNairy County, according to a news release.
TVA will buy the electricity at market rates under TVA’s Renewable Standard Offer program.
Together, the two installations could generate enough electricity in one year to power 4,000 average homes in the Tennessee Valley.
“This project will add a tremendous amount of solar power to our already strong renewable lineup,” TVA director of Renewable Energy Programs Patty West said. “Because TVA is purchasing the output at market rates, the electricity will also be among our cheapest solar power, moving us toward our vision of being a national leader in providing low-cost and cleaner energy.”
Current plans call for the solar farms to have more than 160,000 solar panels installed on more than 300 acres. Each farm will be four times bigger than the largest current solar installation on the TVA system – the University of Tennessee‘s 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm that opened in 2012 in Haywood County, Tenn.