Around the state, the momentum is building to add solar energy to homes and businesses as a way to live more gently in the environment and to save money as electricity rates rise.

A newly installed array of solar panels stretching across the roof of Parthenon Towers apartments near Centennial Park was praised by local officials last week for putting the Metro Housing and Development Authority on track to becoming Tennessee’s largest generator of electricity from the sun.

Not quite.

Solar_PanelsSharp Solar in Memphis, which made the panels MDHA used, announced about the same time that its rooftop project made it the state’s king of sun power.

That also edged out the City Square Commercial Center in Hendersonville, where officials a few weeks earlier proclaimed its rooftop array earned the shopping center the title of the state’s largest single solar energy site.

The solar leapfrogging taking place across the state delights officials, the industry and even those beaten out of the No. 1 spot.

“That’s not fair,” Phil Ryan, MDHA executive director, kidded.

“Outside of the people we bought our panels from, we will be the largest solar powergenerator in Tennessee.”

That will be true this summer after retrofits are completed at MDHA’s Madison and Edgefield high-rises.

Ryan added that he hoped the agency is surpassed by many others in the near future.

He could get his wish.

Around the state, the momentum is building to add solar energy to homes and businesses as a way to live more gently in the environment and to save money as electricity rates rise.

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Source: The Tennessean
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