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EPB seeking contractors for solar pilot project

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The Solar Share pilot project, a joint effort between EPB and the Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking proposals from qualified contractors for the labor and materials to build the first of two community solar power generation facilities.

At the conclusion of a 30-day request for proposal period and a careful review of bids, EPB will select a qualified solar contractor to begin construction

The first Solar Share site will be built in the Bakewell community in northern Hamilton County by the beginning of this summer.

A second community solar power generation site is planned for construction near existing EPB facilities in Chattanooga. 

When both sites become operational, the project is expected to have a combined 1.35 megawatt generation capacity, enough to power about 200 houses.

“We encourage qualified solar contractors to submit their proposals, and we look forward to working together to provide our customers with a reliable, environmentally-friendly energy source,” said EPB president David Wade. “Community solar power generation is a next step toward further enhancing the value of high-quality, reliable electric power delivered by the community’s smart grid.”

If the project draws enough community participation, the initial deployment could be the first of many community-based solar deployments, according to EPB.

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