Kingston officials flip solar farm switch
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
That 200-panel farm “is another step into the future for the city of Kingston,” Mayor Troy Beets said Tuesday.
Combined with an 800-panel facility on nearby James Ferry Road targeted for an early 2014 startup, the solar farms will produce enough power to run both the water plant and a next-door city recreational complex.
The solar power will flow into TVA’s grid. TVA will then reimburse the city and Energy Source Partners LLC of Nashville, which will split the revenue.
He called it a “great example of a public-private partnership,” describing it as “the best possible model for cities and counties across the state.”
Energy Source Partners installs and operates the solar farms and will get most of the early power revenue. Under the contract, the city has the option of buying and running the solar farms after the first few years of operation.
Merville said the initial solar farm represents a $125,000 investment, while the planned larger facility is an estimated $500,000 project.
“This is another good example of partnerships we have with local communities to promote renewable energy throughout the (Tennessee) valley,” said TVA’s Bob Morris, vice president of valley relations.