Environmental Reviews

TVA conducts environmental reviews in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their proposed projects on the human and natural environment before final decisions are made. These environmental reviews under NEPA typically also include assessments that facilitate compliance with other environmental review requirements such as those under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Endangered Species Act

Programs, Plans and Policies
Power Generation – Coal and Gas
Power Generation – Nuclear
Power Generation – Solar and Other Renewables
Economic Development
Land, Facilities and Permitting
River System Operations
Transmission
Natural Resources Management

Open for Public Comment

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Programs, Plans and Policies

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Power Generation – Coal and Gas

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Power Generation – Nuclear

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Power Generation – Solar and Other Renewables

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Economic Development

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Land, Facilities and Permitting

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

River System Operations

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Transmission

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Natural Resources Management

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project

In an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, TVA released a Request for Proposal for renewable energy resources in 2017. TVA then entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellefonte Solar, LLC on November 9, 2018.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Act’s implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality ([CEQ]; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), federal agencies are required to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to assess the potential impacts of TVA’s Proposed Action (the purchase of power under the PPA) on the environment in accordance with CEQ’s and TVA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (TVA 1983).

TVA’s Proposed Action would result in the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Bellefonte Solar and actions taken by TVA to connect the solar facility to the TVA transmission system. The scope of this EA therefore focuses on impacts related to the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility and associated modifications to the TVA transmission system.

This EA (1) describes the existing environment at the Project Site, (2) analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, and (3) identifies and characterizes potential cumulative impacts from the proposed Project in relation to other ongoing and reasonably foreseeable proposed activities within the surrounding area of the Project Site.

Under the PPA, TVA’s obligation to purchase renewable power is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate environmental review and TVA’s determination that the Proposed Action will be “environmentally acceptable.” To be deemed acceptable, TVA must assess the impact of the Project on the human environment to determine whether (1) any significant impacts would result from the location, operation, and/or maintenance of the proposed Project and/or associated facilities, and (2) the Project would be consistent with the purposes, provisions, and requirements of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

On April 30, 2020, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed solar facility in Jackson County, Alabama. The Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project will provide up to 150 MW AC generating capacity in accordance with the terms of the PPA.

Related Documents:

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bellefonte Solar Energy Center Project Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Elizabeth Smith
NEPA Specialist
esmith14@tva.gov
865-632-3053
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Bat Conservation and Compliance

TVA’s bat strategy defines how we document and track our actions towards conserving bats. As part of the strategy, TVA completed an Endangered Species Act (ESA) programmatic consultation in 2018. This report describes TVA activities which could potentially impact endangered or threatened bats in the TVA Region (gray bat, Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat and Virginia big-eared bat). The consultation is effective for 20 years and ensures that TVA remains in compliance with the ESA.

Programmatic Biological Assessment for Evaluation of the Impacts of TVA’s Routine Actions on Federally Listed Bats

USFWS Concurrence on Activities that are Not Likely to Adversely Affect Federally-listed Bats

USFWS Biological Opinion on TVA’s Programmatic Strategy for Routine Actions that May Affect Endangered or Threatened Bats

Amendment to USFWS Biological Opinion