Here comes the sun: EPB seeks customers for community-based solar power

In this Feb. 26, 2015, photo, solar panels that are part of the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's community gardens are shown in Rockford, Minn.

EPB plans to soon build Chattanooga's first community-based solar generation and is looking for customers who might want to participate.

photo Tennessee Valley Authority headquarters and TVA logo

Directors of the city-owned electric utility today approved a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority to launch Solar Share, a pilot program to construct 1.35 megawatts of solar generation to be distributed to a number of homes from a solar farm likely to be built on one of EPB's service lots. The groundbreaking initiative will be EPB's first power generation project in its 76-year history.

"Our community is already benefiting from having the most advanced Smart Grid in the United States," EPB President Harold DePriest said today in announcing the new initiative.