Green Power Switch News
Vol. 4, No. 3 Fall 2004
Building bridges to solar generation
Memphis is home to the first grid- connected solar photovoltaic system in west Tennessee. TVA has partnered with Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) and Bridges, an Uptown Memphis organization, to set up the system.
The solar power array is located on the roof of the new Bridges facility in the Uptown redevelopment area north of downtown Memphis. Bridges, a nonprofit youth leadership training organization, empowers young people through a variety of training programs.
The state-of-the-art Bridges facility, which replaces several smaller sites throughout the city, was designed with a focus on kids, education, and environmental awareness. Inside the building is a 40-foot climbing wall and a team-building ropes course as well as classrooms, workshops, and office areas. The environmentally friendly design features solar water heating, in-duct ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, daylighting, natural ventilation, and a variety of recycled building materials.
The solar array has 176 photovoltaic modules and can produce about 46,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, or more than 300 blocks of electricity for Green Power Switch customers. The energy generated at the site goes into the distribution network of MLGW, then to the TVA power grid.
MLGW plans to offer Green Power Switch to customers in spring 2005.
TVA and Prentiss County Electric Power Association celebrated the start-up of the first consumer-owned generation system in Mississippi to supply green power to the TVA system at a recognition event on October 18.
The hybrid solar and wind system, installed at Willie Hatfield’s residence in the Thrasher community, will supply 100 kilowatts-hours of power a month to the TVA system through the GPS Generation Partners project.
“We welcome the Hatfields as the first GPS Generation Partner in Mississippi,” said TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough Jr., who praised Prentiss County EPA for being one of the first distributors to join the demonstration project. “Not only does Prentiss County EPA provide the vital link between the technology, the TVA power grid, and the consumer, but it also provides the technical expertise to ensure that the green power is delivered effectively.”
GPS Generation Partners, Sevier County Electric System, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy are sponsoring a free seminar on the installation of wind energy systems on Thursday, November 11, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. EST at the Civic Center, 120 Gary Wade Blvd., Sevierville, Tennessee. To register, contact Carmen Copeland by November 10 at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 615-232-6724. Lunch will be provided, so please include the number attending.
The Second Annual Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference will be held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at the Campus Information Center, February 18 - 20, 2005. For more information, go to