Thank you to all our sponsors for a very successful conference!
The 2012 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference is a joint venture between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Solar Institute, which is affiliated with the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce about 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines.
TVA is committed to increasing renewable energy generation. As of April 2011, TVA's renewable energy portfolio includes an estimated 6,035 megawatts of current and future TVA-owned generation, and renewable power purchase contracts and options. Through generation, power purchase agreements and programs, such as Generation Partners, the Renewable Standard Offer, and Green Power Switch, TVA and its customers are helping to develop electric generation using solar, wind, hydro, landfill and wastewater methane gases, and biomass.
TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
The Tennessee Solar Institute (TSI) is a center of excellence between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that brings together scientists, students, policy makers, and industry partners to generate transformative changes to the field of solar-generated energy production.
Converging experts into one hub, TSI's collaborative spirit expands the realm of possibilities. Though still in its infancy, TSI is building a strong foundation today that will shape our future in solar innovation tomorrow.
The Tennessee Solar Institute’s goal is to bring Tennessee and the United States to a more sustainable future and energy independence.
Funding from the Tennessee Solar Institute is partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under award number DE-EE0000160 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Tennessee Solar Institute is part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, a comprehensive solar energy and economic development program that was established using $62.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding received by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.