The largest solar farm in the state of Tennessee is now operational at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South in Millington. The innovative project is the result of a unique public-private partnership that brought together the City of Millington, the U.S. Navy, Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Silicon Ranch Corporation with a shared vision to support the local community and the naval base.
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A great article by the Chambers for Innovation & Clean Energy (CICE) reports on New Mexico's move towards renewable energy. "States are not waiting for Washington D.C. to move forward to create the clean energy economy. Last month New Mexico became the 3rd state, after Hawaii and California, to pass a bill requiring all electricity from public utilities to come from renewable energy sources. The bill passed both the NM House and Senate, then the Governor signed the bill.
"The New Mexico State Association of Commerce and Industry (NMACI) supported the legislation. Rob Black, President and CEO of NMACI understands the economic need to transition the state to renewable energy while also protecting the workers in one of the nation’s major coal plants which is slated to close by 2022."
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A partnership between the U.S. Navy, Silicon Ranch Corp., the Millington Industrial Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Memphis Light, Gas and Water, will bring the largest solar farm in the state of Tennessee to Millington. Construction began in 2016, and is set to be completed by the end of this year.
The project will turn 402 acres of public and private land into an estimated 580,000 solar panel farm that should generate 53 MW AC of energy. Power generated will be used by the U.S. Navy to support its bases across the nation as they spearhead their renewable energy initiative, as well as by TVA who will use it to power 7,500 homes throughout the Tennessee Valley.
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In 2010, the Bartlett Area Chamber launched an innovative new energy efficiency service for its member companies that helps assess energy use, plan upgrades and implement action plans. In a two-year period, the chamber helped 43 companies implement efficiency projects valued at $5.5 million.
“Over and over again, we realized that most commercial buildings are wasting anywhere from 20 percent to 30 percent of their energy,” said Chamber CEO John Threadgill.
WASHINGTON — Saying that energy efficiency represents the cheapest and fastest solution to meet the growing energy needs of America’s entrepreneurs, leaders of local chambers of commerce from around the country today urged the U.S. Senate to adopt the “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013.”
“As business and community leaders with members throughout the country, we know firsthand the economic development benefits of clean energy, energy efficiency in particular,” the local chambers said in a letter from Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, an organization that represents more than 330 local chambers.
With an Ole Marine at its head, the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce's Team Green Zone is on a mission to help member companies cut their resource use. This innovative clean energy network brings in revenue for the chamber by performing energy benchmarks and assessments, developing efficiency action plans, and helping Tennessee businesses implement upgrades. In just over two years, the Bartlett Chamber's Team Green Zone has helped 43 companies benchmark their energy use and implement efficiency projects valued at $5.5 million.
By Aisling Maki, The Daily News
A public-private partnership called Team Green Zone, spearheaded by the Bartlett Area Chamber, is helping Mid-South businesses implement long-term sustainable practices to protect the environment while helping businesses boost their bottom lines.
By Jonathan Devin, Commercial Appeal
9/24/2010 - Small businesses in northeast Shelby County will have an opportunity to make energy-efficiency improvements to their facilities through a newly formed network of green solution providers and a green-oriented funding source.
The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its Team Green Zone initiative Thursday at a gathering of about 65 business owners at the Wolfchase Holiday Inn and Suites.