MTEMC holds ribbon-cutting at new College Grove solar panel facility

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Tuesday morning, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new solar panel facility in College Grove.

The field of solar panels, located on Horton Highway, constitutes a one-megawatt solar array, according the company.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

For $20 per month, MTEMC members will be able to purchase energy generated from the new solar panels.

MTEMC President Chris Jones said, “A number of members may want solar power, but they can’t afford the upfront costs [or] maybe there are restrictions with their homeowners’ association covenant. Whatever the case may be, this makes it easy and economical for any member to purchase solar power, to be a participant in that equation.”

According to Jones, with full sunlight, the panels will be able to power 200 homes.

MTEMC buys its power from the Tennessee Valley Authority, and its new solar facility marks the first time the company will be generating its own power.

Jones said MTEMC hopes to build more solar facilities like this one in the future.