On December 20, 2019, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) addressing changes to its private-scale renewable offerings. In February 2019, the TVA Board approved the closure of the Green Power Providers (GPP) program to new applications effective January 1, 2020, pending completion of appropriate environmental review in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
In October 2019, TVA released a draft EA that evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of three alternatives: a) continuing the GPP program unchanged; b) closing GPP and providing no replacement program; and c) closing GPP and implementing a new private-scale renewable service offering. TVA received nearly 290 comments from the public during the review period and considered the input in completing the EA. The final EA includes responses to these public comments in an appendix.
In the new service offering, TVA proposes to establish a Quality
Contractor Network of vetted solar installers to assist the public in
installing private-scale solar. The offering would also establish
installation standards and best practices for PV systems and batteries,
inspection requirements, and a more standardized interconnection
Green Power Providers Environmental Assessment (EA) Supporting Information (PDF, 2.5mb)
Green Power Providers Final Environmental Assessment (PDF, 1.6mb)
Green Power Providers Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902