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The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Department of the Navy broke ground Friday on a project in western Tennessee that will eventually be the state’s largest solar facility.

The ceremony was held in conjunction with Earth Day. Construction won't begin in earnest until sometime next year at the Shelby County site, north of Memphis,  which will cover 400 acres with 580,000 solar panels.

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Kentucky’s largest utility company has unveiled the commonwealth’s largest solar plant.

The Sierra Club and MESS sponsored an event at Murray State on alternative energy with guest Dr. Don Colliver, a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of the UK Biosystems and Ag Engineer Department. He's been involved in building design and energy-related teaching, research and outreach activities for over 35 years. On Sounds Good, Tracy sat down with Dr. Colliver to discuss ways to increase energy efficiency in homes, where Kentucky ranks in energy usage and how water conservation is connected to energy issues. 

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Fort Campbell is closer to breaking ground on an alternative energy project that will build the largest solar array in the state. 

Last week, project coordinators received the green light to break ground in two weeks’ time which will see installation of 5,814 solar modules on 25 acres generating over 2,466 megawatt-hours of electricity annually.  

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a 10 megawatt solar array,making it the first utility-scale solar energy system to be built in the commonwealth. It’ll be built near the Brown Power Plant in Mercer County, southwest of Lexington.

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A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell. The solar array will cover about 20 acres at the army base, and will produce five megawatts of power.

Kenya Stump, Kentucky’s assistant director of the Division of Renewable Energy, said five megawatts is enough energy to power about 500 homes.

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Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says a tax break for the solar industry violates the state constitution. Cooper tells The Tennessean that the issue with the tax break is that it favors certain taxpayers.