By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Several officials and dignitaries from the U.S. Navy, NSA Mid-South, Tennessee Valley Authority, Silicon Ranch and city of Millington gathered in the North 82 Gymnasium for the groundbreaking ceremony of the renewable energy Solar Farm.
“The department of the Navy along with the leadership in Millington has been working on this for a couple of years,” said Matthew H. Kisber, president and CEO of Silicon Ranch Corporation. “We’ve been involved for about 18 months.
“We had to compete for the opportunity to purchase the land,” he added. “We had to compete for the opportunity to lease land from the Navy. Then we had to compete for the opportunity to sell the power of the TVA.”
Several months ago the Navy and city of Millington worked along with the Millington Industrial Development Board, Board of Aldermen and Millington Area Chamber of Commerce to getting the project into the planning phase.
Silicon Ranch and TVA came aboard to help the Solar Farm become a reality in Millington. Silicon Ranch will build, own, operate and maintain the facility through a long-term power purchase agreement with TVA. The facility will provide solar power to TVA customers, including NSA Mid-South, at cost-competitive rates.
The project will feature a single-axis tracking table mounting system, which will allow about 580,000 panels to follow the sun across its daily arc. The land is nearly 400 acres and is expected to generate 125,000,000 kilowatts.
“What better way to start Green Day than to bring something green to the city,” Millington Mayor Terry Jones said. “It’s a renewable energy that a lot of companies and stuff are looking for. They are looking to build near renewable energy. Now Millington has the largest solar farm in the state of Tennessee. We’re going to have that right here in Millington, Tenn., a more than $100 million investment.”