Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) requests your comments on its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed power purchase agreement (PPA) with a solar generating facility in Obion County, Tennessee. Please submit your comments by December 7, 2020.
TVA has tentatively approved an agreement to purchase the electricity and environmental attributes generated by the proposed Skyhawk Solar Facility in Obion County, Tennessee. The Solar Facility would be constructed and operated by TN Solar and include up to approximately 100 megawatts of alternating current (AC) generating capacity. Additionally, TVA would install a new permanent switching station and perform structural upgrades along its existing 16-mile Weakley to Union City 161-kilovolt transmission line (TL).
The proposed Solar Facility would occupy approximately 705 acres consisting of five individual parcels of predominantly agricultural land. The Project Site is approximately 3.5 miles southeast of Union City, Tennessee. The Solar Facility would consist of multiple parallel rows of photovoltaic (PV) panels on single-axis tracking structures, along with direct current and AC inverters and transformers. The Solar Facility would connect to TVA’s existing TL, which traverses the proposed Project Site on the east side.
Customer demand for cleaner energy prompted TVA to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for renewable energy resources (2019 Renewable RFP). The TN 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 in the 2019 IRP. The Proposed Action would provide cost-effective renewable energy consistent with the IRP and TVA goals.
Submit your comments by December 7, 2020 by email or mail to Ashley Pilakowski at the addresses below. Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the project administrative record and will be available for public inspection. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, comments submitted electronically by email are encouraged.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from: