Tennessee Solar Institute today announced $4.5 million in Solar Installation grants awarded, just seven weeks after the Institute began accepting applications. Sixty-five grants make up the first round of award recipients, which is anticipated to produce 2.8 megawatts of new solar energy in Tennessee. Award recipients span across the state with grant funds ranging from $14,400 to $245,000. Designed to speed the deployment of renewable energy resources, this grant program is part of Governor Phil Bredesen’s Volunteer State Solar Initiative, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Gov. Phil Bredesen has announced that J.A.M. “Toby” Boulet, UT Knoxville past faculty senate president, and UT Knoxville undergraduate Carey Smith have been appointed to the nonvoting faculty and student seats on the UT Board of Trustees. The nonvoting appointments are for a one-year term, with a one-year voting term to follow.
The State Building Commission today approved Chattanooga-based Signal Energy as the design/build contractor for the West Tennessee Solar Farm to be located along Interstate 40 in Haywood County. The proposed five-megawatt, 30-acre power generation facility is part of Governor Phil Bredesen’s Volunteer State Solar Initiative, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will be one of the largest solar installations in the Southeast.
Bonnie Yegidis, vice president for academic affairs and student success for the University of Tennessee System, is resigning to accept a post with another university, and Katie High has been appointed to fill the position as interim.
Gov. Phil Bredesen, chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, charged trustees and the university with hiring a president who will lead UT through a new era of great opportunities as it faces unprecedented budgetary challenges.