Solar Photovoltaic Installations

Project Description

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is utilizing the EPA Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project to test the feasibility of a community solar (CS) business model within the Tennessee Valley region. This pilot program will be initiated by local power companies (LPCs) on behalf of their customers to prepare LPCs for future solar ownership and deployment scenarios.

A CS business model involves the shared investment and associated benefits of a solar PV installation by multiple community partners. A CS project provides an ideal platform to enable LPCs to play a more direct role in the deployment of distributed generation resources. Additionally, CS projects allow end-use customers a new option to participate and engage in a solar PV project in a community-based format.

Project Implementation

TVA will install at least 500 kWs of solar PV at TVA facilities, TVA directly served customer locations, or another government-owned facility (including all local public power companies served by TVA), and shall maintain the PV installations for a minimum of twenty years. The project will be implemented through a request for proposal (RFP) process open to the LPC community. Third party vendors and other associated support elements may participate in the RFP process as part of a LPC-lead team. The RFP specifies a general CS model construct, but latitude has been granted to the LPCs to design the final product in a manner which best meets the needs of their customers.


Project MilestonesDates*
RFP Distribution November 4, 2014
Intent to Bid/Not Responding Due November 21, 2014
Deadline for Submitting Questions November 25, 2014
Responses to Questions Due December 5, 2014
Proposal Due December 30, 2014
Anticipated Date of Award January 16, 2015
Contract to Awardee & Initial Planning Stages February 2015
Refine Project Details March-April 2015
Construction Implementation Plan May-June 2015
TVA Funds Project Upon Initiation of Construction Plan July 2015


EPA Agreement Five-Year Budget

$2 million