Knox County scraps plans for solar power panels

Knox County scraps plans for solar power panels on schools and government buildings

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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Director of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre announced the now-scrapped solar panel plan last month. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Director of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre announced the now-scrapped solar panel plan last month.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's office says a previously announced initiative to bring solar panels to the roofs of several Knox County schools and government buildings is no longer feasible due to changes in TVA's 2014 Green Power Providers program.

The mayor's office says TVA significantly reduced the premium it is willing to pay its commercial Green Power Provider partners, eliminated the solar incentive and also expected to randomize its selection of program participants. 

The mayor says the changes make the solar initiative financially impractical.

"Despite this disappointing news, we will continue to explore ways to save taxpayer money, whether through energy efficiencies or other measures," said Mayor Burchett in a release.

Knox County has considered the idea of installing solar panels on its schools and other government buildings several times, but the move to go green was never found to be cost effective.

More information about TVA's Green Power Providers program can be found online.

 

 

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