FLORENCE, Ala. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public input on its draft Environmental Assessment of a proposed power purchase agreement with a solar installation in Lauderdale County, Ala.
TVA has tentatively approved an agreement to purchase the electricity generated by NextEra Energy Resources’ proposed 80-megawatt River Bend Solar Project for up to 20 years, pending the outcome of the assessment.
The solar project, currently scheduled for completion in late 2016, would occupy about 645 acres located five miles west-northwest of Florence. The facility would tie into an existing adjacent TVA transmission line.
The draft Environmental Assessment may be viewed at tva.com and public comments will be accepted through September 14. The public may provide input through an online form on the project webpage, by e-mail at [email protected], or by mail to Chuck Nicholson, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tenn., 37902-1499.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.