North Alabama Utility-Scale Solar Project

Lawrence County, Alabama

TVA requests your comments on its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed TVA-directed solar facility in Lawrence County, Alabama. Please submit your comments by March 15, 2021.

TVA has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed TVA-directed solar facility in Lawrence County, Alabama. The purpose of this EIS is to address the potential environmental effects associated with constructing, operating, maintaining and decommissioning the solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, North Alabama Utility-Scale Solar Project, in Lawrence County, Alabama. The proposed project site would encompass approximately 2,896 acres.

The draft EIS includes two alternatives: a No Action Alternative and an Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, TVA would not execute the land purchase under the Purchase Option Agreement, and TVA would not develop a solar PV facility at this location. Under the Action Alternative, TVA would execute the land purchase for the project site located in Lawrence County, AL (2 miles east of Courtland) with the intent to develop and construct a solar PV facility.

Under the Action Alternative, TVA would enter into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the operations and maintenance of the facility for up to a 20-year period. TVA would construct, interconnect, and eventually decommission the proposed approximate 200-megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) facility occupying about 1,459 acres. The project would connect to the existing adjacent Wilson Hydroelectric Plant–Mountain Home 161-kilovolt (kV) transmission line (TL) and require upgrades on this TL and the Mountain Home–Trinity 161-kV TL, extending into Morgan County, Alabama. The Proposed Action Alternative is preferred due to providing cost-effective renewable energy consistent with TVA’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan.

Virtual Public Information Session

A recording of the Virtual Public Information Session that was held on February 11, 2021, is available below.

Related Documents:

Federal Register Notice of Intent (PDF, 0.3mb)

N. Alabama Utility-Scale Solar EIS Fact Sheet

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