50kW Solar Array
Construction was completed in 2008 on a 288-foot-long, 51.25 kilowatt solar system (2nd largest in Tennessee) that will supply power to the office building that houses researchers associated with ORNL's buildings technology programs.
Solar America Cities Project
In 2008, the City of Knoxville was selected as one of 12 Solar America Cities by DOE and received a grant plus technical assistance to increase its use of solar technology. ORNL was selected to serve as the Tiger Team lead. The goal of the Knoxville Solar Cities project is to achieve a sustainable solar infrastructure through a comprehensive citywide approach that facilitates mainstream adoption of solar power. Through the Knoxville Energy and Sustainability Initiative, the city has developed a working partnership with several local institutions in an effort to create and implement a comprehensive sustainability plan.