TVA Seeks Public Input on Moore County Solar Project
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority values public input and is launching a process to gather feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 200-megawatt solar farm in Moore County. This project underscores the agency’s efforts to create a clean, carbon-free energy future.
The Moore County Solar Project EIS is available for a 45-day public review and comment period at tva.com/nepa. In addition, TVA will hold a virtual open house on Monday, May 23, 2022, beginning at 6 p.m. CST. TVA staff will be available virtually to answer questions and discuss a variety of topics related to project. Please register in advance.
To promote job creation across the region and achieve its plans to add 10,000 megawatts of solar by 2035, TVA has entered into a power purchase agreement with SR Tullahoma, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Ranch Corporation, to buy the power generated by the proposed solar farm, contingent on completion of environmental reviews. SR Tullahoma would construct and operate the proposed facility. .
The EIS includes two alternatives: a No Action Alternative and an Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, TVA would not implement the PPA to purchase the power generated by Moore County Solar, and SR Tullahoma would not develop a solar facility. Under the Action Alternative, SR Tullahoma would construct, operate, maintain, and eventually decommission Moore County Solar on an approximately 3,463-acre Project Site. TVA would use an existing powerline and build a new substation on the site to connect the facility to the electric grid..
The public comment period begins today and ends on June 6, 2022. Comments can be submitted online at tva.com/nepa, by email to [email protected], and by mail in writing to Tennessee Valley Authority, ATTN: Ashley Pilakowski, NEPA Specialist, 400 W Summit Hill Dr., WT 11-B, Knoxville, TN 37902.
All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and available for public inspection.
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