TVA has approved an agreement to purchase the electricity and environmental attributes generated by the WR Graceland Solar Project in Shelby County, TN. The Project would be constructed by WR Graceland Solar, LLC, and is expected to generate up to 150 megawatts (MW) of alternating current (AC). The final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were issued on September 1, 2022.
The Project site is bound by Paul W. Barrett Parkway/State Route 385 (SR-385) to the north, Austin Peay Highway (SR-14) to the east, Raleigh Millington Road to the west, and the Loosahatchie River Drainage Canal to the south. The proposed facility would consist of multiple parallel rows of photovoltaic (PV) panels on single-axis tracking structures, along with direct current (DC) and AC inverters and transformers.
Customer demand for cleaner energy prompted TVA to release a 2020 Renewables Request for Proposal (RFP) for renewable energy resources. The WR Graceland Solar PPA that resulted from this RFP will help TVA meet immediate needs for additional renewable generating capacity in response to customer demands and fulfill the renewable energy goals established TVA’s 2019 IRP. The Proposed Action would provide cost-effective renewable energy consistent with the IRP and TVA goals.
TVA held a 30-day public comment period beginning May 27, 2022.
Comments received during the comment period were addressed in the final EA.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from: