Signal Energy Signs 10-Year Operations & Maintenance Agreement for Tennessee's Largest Solar Farm–
Signal Energy, LLC, a major design/build general contractor to the North American renewable energy industry, has signed a 10-year operation and maintenance agreement with the University of Tennessee for the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County. The project is the largest utility scale solar installation in the state and one of the largest in the Southeast.
“Signal energy is pleased to be providing operations and maintenance to Tennessee’s largest solar farm for the next 10 years,” said Ben Fischer, president of Signal Energy. “This agreement demonstrates our client’s confidence in Signal Energy's technical expertise and commitment to building a clean energy future for our country.”
The five-megawatt (MW) Farm features 21,000 photovoltaic solar panels spread across more than 25 acres. The generated electricity is being distributed through purchase agreements with Chickasaw Electric Cooperative and Tennessee Valley Authority. Signal Energy designed and built the West Tennessee Solar Farm.
In addition to producing power, the Farm is designed to educate the public about solar power. The Farm will be home to a future public information center, accessible to some 10 million motorists who drive by the Interstate-40 site every year. Scheduled for completion in late 2013, entrance and exit ramps from the interstate will be included, as well as an interactive renewable-energy exhibit that will be housed in the center.
“Signal Energy’s work as the design/build firm on the West Tennessee Solar Farm underscores our commitment to help institutions like the University of Tennessee and the State of Tennessee bring large-scale, innovative renewable energy projects to market,” added Fischer.
Signal Energy Constructors, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., has more than 6,200 MW of utility scale project experience. Projects range from five MW to over 140 MW for world-class energy developers, including Enel Green Power, BP Alternative Energy, Chevron Global Power, Amonix, Valero Energy, DeWind Co., SunEdison, Noble Environmental Power, WKN USA, Vestas, Exelon and John Deere Wind Energy.
About Signal Energy: Signal Energy is a leading full service design/build contractor providing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services for utility-scale renewable energy projects across North America. Signal Energy Constructors is the renewable energy arm of two of the nation’s strongest construction companies, Barnhart and EMJ Corporation.
For more information, please visit www.signalenergy.com.
The West Tennessee Solar Farm is part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative (VSSI), created to benefit the Tennessee economy by using federal dollars to create jobs and provide support to a growing solar industry. Under the VSSI, $31 million in ARRA funds were allocated for the West Tennessee Solar Farm and the Tennessee Solar Institute received $23.5 million to issue grants from the Solar Opportunity Fund, a program to encourage the installation of next-generation solar energy systems by Tennessee businesses, and to provide training, technology and technical assistance to companies in the solar industry value chain. The VSSI has assisted in the installation of more than 10 megawatts of renewable energy generating capacity in Tennessee. In addition to broadening the adoption of new clean energy technologies, the VSSI also is designed to facilitate the training of Tennesseans in new skills and the sharing of “best business practices” across Tennessee’s burgeoning renewable energy industry.
For more information on the, visit http://solarfarm.tennessee.edu