Tennessee was a sleeper in the solar industry, but has emerged as a state to watch in recent years. Solar manufacturers have moved their operations to the state and contributed significantly to economic growth there.
There were more than 134 solar companies in the state at the end of 2013, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. And solar installations have come along with the jobs in the industry. Tennessee installed 25 megawatts of solar in 2013, contributing to the state’s new total of 75 megawatts and ranking it 19th country.
The main program that would apply to many of Tennessee’s resident’s would be the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Generation Partners Program, but you may also quality for a Small Business Energy Loan.
|Program Type||Performance-Based Incentive|
|Technologies||Photovoltaics, Wind Energy, Biomass|
1,000 plus $0.12/kWh above the base rate for solar photovoltaic systems and $0.03/kWh
above the retail rate for all other eligible renewable sources
|Required Documentation||Application form submitted to local power company|
|Official Web Site||http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/partners/|
If you live in an area where utilities are provided by one of the 91 participating power companies serviced by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), you may qualify for a partnership program where you can earn discounts on your power bill from renewable energy, or even make money if your renewable energy system produces more power than you consume.
If you have a photovoltaic system with an alternating current output between 500 W and 200 kW, and your local power supplier participates in the program, the TVA will purchase 100 percent of the energy at $0.12 per kWh, in the form of credits on your power bill, and periodic payments for excess credits you earn.
More information can be found at the TVA website or by calling 866-673-4340.
Property Tax Incentive
Sales Tax Incentive
State Grant Program
State Loan Program
Utility Loan Program
Utility Rebate Program
Rules, Regulations & Policies
Building Energy Code
Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Solar/Wind Access Policy
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