City of Franklin to flip the switch on first solar array

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The City of Franklin and local officials will “Flip the Switch” and officially turn on the city’s first 850-panel solar array at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Tuesday, May 1. The solar array is complete and will be connected to the grid soon. Franklin is leasing one acre of land at the wastewater treatment facility to Nashville based Energy Source Partners who designed, permitted, funded, and installed the ground mounted 200 kW array.   

No city funds were committed will not be responsible for maintaining the system. Because the site is a former sludge field, city officials did not want to turn any dirt (or sludge), but instead make this as low impact as possible. In addition, local installers and contractors were used. The racking system was fabricated by a Nashville business. The blocks used to weigh down the panels are made from recycled tires, and all 840 panels were manufactured in Memphis and shipped at no cost.    
City of Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore, TVA’s Susan Curtis, Manager of End Use Generation/Renewable Energy Programs and Dan Allen, Interim Assistant Director of Engineering, City of Franklin will ceremonially “Flip the Switch,” Tuesday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the 135 Claude Yates Drive facility.