EETN and Sharp Complete Successful Installation of TVA Region’s Largest
Solar Power Plant; Dedication Ceremony Draws Business Leaders and Top
Efficient Energy of Tennessee installs One MW Solar Array using Sharp® Solar Modules
Manufactured in Company’s Memphis Plant.
Knoxville, TN, August 12, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Today utility executives joined with business leaders, and
federal, state and local officials to inaugurate a new one megawatt (1 MW) solar power system, the
largest in Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Region. Now online, the system is
comprised of 4,608 Sharp® ND-224UC1 solar modules made in the company's Memphis plant and was
developed, designed and constructed by Natural Energy Group in conjunction with Efficient Energy of
Tennessee, LLC (EETN), its integrator arm based in Powell, TN. EETN will also maintain the facility.
“This one megawatt solar project exemplifies Tennessee's leadership in deploying solar power and
developing clean energy technology solutions that will create good jobs and foster greater energy
independence for our country," said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. "I'm pleased to see continued
investments like the one being celebrated in Knoxville today that are helping us create the clean energy
economy of tomorrow."
It is anticipated this solar power array will generate 1,198,920 kWh of clean, emissions free solar energy
annually for the Knoxville Utility Board (KUB) grid. This represents the equivalent energy to power
more than 120 average-sized American homes. The solar array will eliminate the CO2 / greenhouse gases
that would otherwise be emitted by the consumption of 2,000 barrels of oil. In addition, the design,
construction and maintenance of this system helped create dozens of new clean tech jobs in Knoxville, in
addition the factory jobs that Sharp created at its Memphis plant.
"The City of Knoxville seeks to substantially increase the deployment of solar power in the area.
Knoxville's 'Solar America Cities' effort underscores our prog