TVA Seeking Comments on Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Solar
TVA is considering increasing the amount of renewable energy in its energy portfolio by constructing and operating PV systems and/or purchasing from PV facilities within its service territory. Potential locations for these facilities include existing buildings, previously developed sites of 20 acres or less, and undeveloped sites of 10 acres or less.
TVA has prepared a draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) and is accepting comments through July 28, 2014.
TVA Studies Value of Distributed Generation from Small Providers
Over the past several months TenneSEIA and other stakeholders have been engaged in a “value of solar” analysis with TVA. The process aims to identify a methodology in year one (2014) and program design features in year two (2015). In 2016, TVA will offer a new solar program that utilizes the methodology and design agreed to by the region’s stakeholders.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Primer
On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their Clean Power Plan
proposal, which focuses on regulating carbon pollution from existing electric power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act
. This proposed rule is both historic and long overdue, and is currently under evaluation with a public comment period that will last 120 days.
Solar Valley News
This month's "Featured Project" is the Providence Solar Center, a 20MWdc solar array being developed by HelioSage Energy in Madison County, TN.
Located in Madison County, TN, Providence Solar Center ("Providence") is a 20MWdc solar project on 134 acres of leased farmland. Providence was officially accepted into the 2013 TVA Renewable Standard Offering program and received its use approval from the Madison County Board of Zoning Appeals on February 26, 2014.
Once operational, Providence will generate enough electricity to power 3,306 average U.S. households. In addition, Providence will provide over $1.2 million in tax revenue to Madison County during the project life and create 100+ project-level jobs.