Hoping to help the non-profit sector better understand how to reap the benefits of solar power, Phoenix Solar and Silicon Ranch Corporation are building a 200kW solar system on the rooftop of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Middle Tennessee. Construction on the project has already begun with scheduled completion set for Q2 2012.
The rooftop project will use 840 solar modules and will see Silicon Ranch, owner of the solar project, sell the electricity to Tennessee Valley Authority. It intends to share a portion of the proceeds with Second Harvest, which will use the funds to reduce costs and redirect savings to supply 480,000 meals to residents in need. Phoenix Solar will lead the EPC services as well as the long-term operation and management needs of the system.
The project is part of a partnership announced between Phoenix Solar and Silicon Ranch back in November, which aims to develop, finance and construct solar plant in Tennessee and throughout the US Southeast.
“Over the past 18 months, Second Harvest has been evaluating opportunities to reduce our expenses and lower utility costs in order to respond to the growing needs of the communities we serve,” said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “This partnership provides an easy, cost-effective solution that also incorporates clean, renewable solar power.”