expands renewables with solar and landfill gas
A solar power facility in Tennessee and a
landfill gas-to-energy site in Mississippi have joined the Tennessee
Valley Authority’s (TVA) growing initiative for mid-size renewable
energy generators supplying green power to TVA.
Sharp Manufacturing Co. of America’s solar site in Memphis and
Waste Management Renewable Energy’s landfill gas facility in
Houston, Mississippi are TVA’s latest Renewable Standard Offer
Started last fall, TVA’s Renewable Standard Offer pays renewable
energy generators based on the time of day the power is produced
and the demand on the TVA system. The initiative is open to generators
with a capacity of up to 20 megawatts using biomass, methane
recovery, wind or solar energy sources. No single technology
can exceed more than 50 percent of the program’s total capacity
of 100 megawatts.
The Renewable Standard Offer complements TVA’s Generation Partners
program, which purchases power from smaller generators with a
capacity of up to 200 kilowatts at varied rates.
The Sharp solar project in Memphis, with a capacity of 201 kilowatts,
or 0.2 megawatts, began producing electricity in June. The power
will connect to the TVA system through Memphis Light Gas and
Water. Sharp also is a TVA Generation Partner and operates other
solar generation facilities at its Memphis plant site.
Waste Management’s landfill gas facility will provide 1.6 megawatts
of capacity from methane produced at the company’s Prairie Bluff
Renewable Energy Facility. Generation at the site is scheduled
to begin in March 2012. The power distributor is Natchez Trace
Electric Power Association.
The Houston, Mississippi, project is Waste Management’s second
Renewable Standard Offer site and the third overall in the TVA
program. The company’s 4.8 megawatt-capacity landfill gas facility
in Camden, Tennessee, became TVA’s first program participant
in January. It is scheduled to begin delivering power in September
through Benton County Electric System in Camden.