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Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam describes the current and future impact the Solar America Cities program has on Knoxville, TN.
08/26/09 - Request for Proposals for Knoxville Solar America Cities Website [PDF]
05/27/09 - City's Solar Program Partners with Knox Heritage
03/22/09 - Knoxville Area, State Poised for Solar Power [KnoxNews.com]
03/12/09 - Knoxville's Solar America Cities Project in IREC's Newsletter
02/18/09 - Solar Workshops Aid in Awareness
01/20/09 - Pellissippi State Offers Green Energy Courses
10/24/08 - City Kicks Off Solar America Cities Project
City of Knoxville Energy & Sustainability
03/28/08 - City Named Solar America City, Receives $200,000 Grant
03/28/08 - View City's Solar America Cities Application [PDF]
DOE Solar America Cities Program
For more information on solar energy, solar events and solar news in Knoxville visit www.SolarKnoxville.org.

Solar Installation Training Classes will be offered at Pellissippi State as part of their new "Green Energy Courses".
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Solar Photovoltaic training series [PDF] »

Solar Tour Booklet (with maps & directions) [PDF]
Solar Tour Map [PDF]
Solar 101: Solar Basics for Your Business [PDF] »
Solar 101: Solar Basics for the Home [PDF] »
Solar PV In-Depth - 06/13/09 »
Solar Hot Water In-Depth [PDF] - 08/15/09 »
Solar America Cities Presentation [PDF]
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.

Solar America Cities Partners

  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)
  • Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Public Building Authority
  • Knoxville Area Transit (KAT)
  • Ijams Nature Center
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
  • 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.


    For more information on solar energy, solar events and solar news in Knoxville visit www.SolarKnoxville.org.

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