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Tennessee Valley Authority installing solar power array in Memphis

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is adding more solar to its generation portfolio with the construction of a solar power facility at the Allen combined cycle gas site in Memphis.

The 1 MW facility will be the largest TVA-owned solar project in its service area. Construction is under way and the plant should be producing power by September.

The project features more than 3,000 solar panels to be installed over about three acres along Riverport Road next to the Allen gas plant, which is also under construction. The $1.3 million installation will produce enough electricity to power about 120 average homes. Along with 5 MW of biogas generation, the Allen combined cycle project will produce enough renewable energy to power about 2,900 average homes.

TVA expects to invest about $8 billion to support its renewables portfolio over the next 20 years. TVA currently has more than 400 MW of renewable solar power under contract from other entities.

TVA’s renewable energy programs reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to a diversified, cleaner energy mix that best serves the power needs of businesses and residents of the Tennessee Valley while continuing to provide reliable power at the lowest cost possible.

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