EPB launches first community solar power program

EPB is planning to build a community-based solar farm to generate 1.35 megawatts of solar power.

For the first time since it was created 80 years ago, EPB plans to generate its own power.

The city-owned utility is looking to the sun to power a new community-based solar farm that is projected to generate enough power for about 125 homes.

EPB directors Friday 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.

EPB is still working out the details of how solar enthusiasts might support the new venture. But the municipal utility is already asking those interested in buying solar-generated power for their homes to contact EPB at (423) 648-1372 to be added to the contact list for future updates.