SR Puryear Solar Project
Henry County, Tennessee
Final Environmental Assessment
TVA has approved an agreement to purchase the electricity and environmental attributes generated by the Puryear Solar Project in Henry County, TN approximately 3 miles east of Puryear, TN. The Project site is able to accommodate up to 50 megawatts (MW) alternating current (AC) in generating capacity and would be constructed and operated by SR Puryear, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Ranch Corporation (SRC).
The Project Site is a 611-acre property, consisting of approximately 349 acres that will be fenced and contain panels. The solar facility would interconnect to the Paris Board of Public Utilities (PBPU) distribution network, along the project’s southern boundary. The PBPU switchyard would transfer electricity to the PBPU’s future 69-kV Eagle Creek Feeder 734 transmission line (TL) that would be constructed from Puryear Solar to the Eagle Creek substation approximately nine miles east of the Project Site along SR 140. Construction of the 69-kV feeder TL is not part of the Puryear Solar Project as it is being pursued by PBPU regardless of the execution of the proposed Project.
On February 9, 2024, TVA finalized the environmental assessment (EA) assessing the impacts of TVA’s action of entering into the PPA with Puryear Solar, the associated impacts of the construction and operation of the proposed solar facility by Puryear Solar, and the transmission interconnections and switching stations by Puryear Solar and TVA.
In 2021, customer demand for cleaner energy prompted TVA to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for renewable energy resources. The PPAs that resulted from this RFP are needed to help TVA meet the needs for additional renewable energy in response to customer demands and fulfill the 10,000 MW of solar by 2035 target.
Public InvolvementThe draft EA was available for a 30-day public comment period that closed on October 18, 2023. Comments submitted were considered in the final EA.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:
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