In March of 2008, the Department of Energy (DOE) named the City of Knoxville a partner in its Solar America Cities program. Through this partnership, Knoxville will be awarded $200,000 over a two-year period to help finance various initiatives developed to reduce barriers to local generation of solar power. In support, TVA is matching this grant with $50,000 annually. DOE will also contribute $200,000 worth of technical assistance towards the program initiatives, and TVA and KUB have both pledged additional technical and staff assistance.
Ultimately, the City aims to achieve a sustainable solar infrastructure in Knoxville. The Solar America Cities partnership will jump start progress towards this goal by helping to fund the following initiatives:
1- Installation of a 4.8 kW solar power generation system at the new, LEED-certified downtown transit center
2- Integration of solar power in Community Development plans for affordable housing construction and renovation.
3- - Installation of several types of solar technologies at a LEED-Certified Knox Heritage historic home rehabilitation.
4- Identification of local companies focused on solar power, renewable energy, and energy-efficient technologies and assessment of the challenges these companies face in increasing local demand.
5- Public workshops to educate community members on solar technologies and opportunities.
6- Development of locally offered, high quality solar installation certification courses to strengthen the local supply market.
7- Creation of technical training programs to educate relevant Knoxville, Knox County, and KUB staff on solar power generation such that solar power systems can be installed in a safe and timely manner.
THE TIGER TEAM - A core group of representatives from the Solar America Cities partners will help the City implement the various initiatives planned. This group - the Tiger Team—is led by ORNL and FSEC and will provide the technical expertise and experience needed to make the initiatives successful.
You can learn more details about Knoxville’s plans for utilizing the Solar America Cities funds in the application submitted to DOE. View the Application in [PDF] format HERE. View the Solar America Cities Program HERE.