Environmental group: TVA remains a 'sun blocker' as solar power generation increases in Southeast

Trey Danks, 21, the son of founder Barny Danks, helped build the Rossville Solar Farm that will go on line next week in Rossville.

The Southeast United States is increasingly being powered by the sun with solar power generation expected to triple in the next five years, according to a new study by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

But the environmental group claims the Tennessee Valley Authority is not keeping pace with its peers, especially utilities in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

"Solar in the Southeast has been virtually doubling every year since 2012," said Dr. Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. "We've seen significant investments and significant leadership by a number of utilities and this is a great economic development tool to create jobs and to attract businesses interested in clean energy."

photo Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 4/19/17.