Archive for December, 2011

Tennessee Solar Institute receives Rooftop Solar Challenge Grant

The Tennessee Solar Institute (TSI) was selected as one of 22 regional teams to receive funds from the Department of Energy to improve the efficiency and reduce costs to the process of installing solar on homes and businesses.  TSIwill receive $622,960 and will partner with local building officials to implement model permitting, interconnection, and net metering standards. The team will also develop an integrated smartphone/tablet app to guide individuals through the application process.  The University of Tennessee is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority; The City of Knoxville, the City of Franklin, Metro Nashville, Memphis/Shelby County; Knoxville Utilities Board; Nashville Electric Service; Memphis Light Gas & Water; and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Co-op.  More details and the full list of awardees can be found at

TVA Renewable Energy Program Update

TVA is planning to restructure their Renewable Energy Program. One of the approved changes is the transformation of the Generation Partners Pilot Program into the permanent status Green Power Providers.  The new program will offer an extended customer contract length of twenty years–ten years longer than the current contract length.  However, in year eleven of the contract, TVA will no longer pay a premium for the power provided.  TVA is also developing a program for large scale solar installations that will kickoff in January.  More details can be found at