Signal Energy has been chosen by the State Building Commission to design and build the 30-acre West Tennessee Solar Farm along Interstate 40 in Haywood County.

Signal_EnergySignal Energy has been chosen by the State Building Commission to design and build the 30-acre West Tennessee Solar Farm along Interstate 40 in Haywood County.

The power generation facility is part of Gov. Phil Bredesen’s Volunteer State Solar Initiative and will be funded by $62.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. It will be one of the largest solar installations in the Southeast.

Chattanooga-based Signal Energy is the renewable energy subsidiary of EMJ Corp., one of the nation’s largest general contractors. Signal Energy was chosen as the design-build contractor after a competitive bid process. The company provides engineering, procurement and construction services for renewable energy projects across North America.

Inman-EMJ Construction is another division of the company created this year when EMJ purchased Memphis-based Inman Construction Co.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has contracted with the University of Tennessee to oversee planning, operation and management of the West Tennessee Solar Farm. The farm will consist of more than 20,000 high efficiency silicon-based modules expected to produce more than 7,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually. One megawatt is enough to power 1,000 houses.

Installation of the solar modules is expected to begin in October 2010 with completion in spring 2011.

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Source: Memphis Business Journal
Photo: Signal Energy