Silicon Ranch, an independent power producer and renewable energy company, the Paris Board of Public Utilities (Paris BPU) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) held a “Flip the Switch” event today to celebrate the completion of a new 6.75-MWAC solar facility in Puryear, Tennessee. This solar array will generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 1,000 homes annually.
The Paris Solar Farm – Puryear was developed as part of TVA’s Generation Flexibility Program. The program is designed to encourage local power companies to develop distributed generation facilities and provide local solutions to the renewable needs of customers.
“The completion of this solar project in Henry County marks the beginning of a new era for Paris BPU as an even more resilient power company for our community. We’re proud to be leading clean energy efforts and providing solar-generated power to our local industries and customers,” said Terry Wimberley, president and CEO of Paris BPU. “This project wouldn’t have been possible without our trusted partner, Silicon Ranch. And we encourage others in the community to support the push towards locally generated, diversified, sustainable energy sources.”
As the long-term landowner of every project it develops, including the Paris Solar Farm – Puryear, Silicon Ranch works directly with communities as a neighbor invested in the long-term success and economic viability of the surrounding area. Additionally, through this project, Silicon Ranch will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new tax revenue for the county over the life of the project which will help support infrastructure and other community-identified priorities, while requiring little to no county services in return.
“As a company that calls Tennessee home, Silicon Ranch is proud to continue to deliver on our commitments to build, own and operate projects like this that not only help spur positive growth, but also provide a source of reliable, cost-effective renewable energy to communities in our own backyard,” said Reagan Farr, Silicon Ranch co-founder and CEO. “We applaud Paris BPU for utilizing TVA’s visionary Generation Flexibility Program and look forward to partnering with both companies for years to come.”
Electric automaker Rivian Automotive supported the development of 1 MW of this project.
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