Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 210,000 residential and business members, which makes it the perfect candidate for community solar. Last week, the co-op broke ground on its first community solar project located in College Grove, Tenn. Construction on the 1-MW solar array will begin this month, and is projected to be complete by the end of October.
“We are excited about the possibilities this cooperative solar project brings to our membership,” said MTEMC President Chris Jones. “We are working to be the trusted resource in emerging energy technology, including renewables, energy storage and energy efficiency, for our members.”
The cooperative contracted with Radiance Solar, based in Atlanta, Ga., to construct the array.
“Radiance is very excited to be working with MTEMC in their first cooperative solar array. The 1-MW array is an excellent demonstration of Middle Tennessee EMC’s commitment to innovation and providing clean, renewable energy for its members. Radiance is working with leading utilities across the southeast to deploy safe, cost effective, solar energy” said James Marlow, Radiance CEO.
As construction takes place in the coming weeks, the cooperative will finalize the program specific pieces of the project to offer members interested in participating.
“Over the last year, we have led the valley in renewable energy efforts,” said Jones. “This project is one more way we are responding to the needs and desires of our membership when it comes to renewable energy.”
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Radiance Solar is a leading solar contractor, specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of solar energy systems. Radiance has constructed over 50 MW of power in the Southeast on over 200 sites and maintains over 60 MW, including Georgia’s largest solar facility.
— Solar Builder magazine