Metro Nashville Installs First Solar Panels

Metro Nashville Installs First Solar Panels

Nashville, Tenn. – Crews will be installing solar panels Tuesday at Bells Bend Park Nature Center, making it Metro government’s first Generation Partner. Generation Partners is a program offered through Nashville Electric Service to provide support and incentives for the installation of solar and wind generating facilities. Customers produce their own green energy and sell it back to TVA. Fifteen cents for every kilowatt-hour of power generated is then credited to their account.

Where: Bells Bend Park – 4187 Old Hickory Blvd, 37218

When: Tuesday, December 18 from 1-3 p.m.

Metro Parks has designed three new, sustainable nature centers to showcase green building concepts.

Sandy Bivens with Metro Parks says, “We wanted each nature center to be an educational model of how to build green. It was our main driving concept from the very beginning. The plans focus on energy and water conservation, and we are registered to be EarthCraft Certified upon completion.”

Each of the three new nature centers will have one main feature. Shelby Bottoms boasts a green roof, Bells Bend will be equipped with the photovoltaic solar panels, and Beaman Park will go geothermal.

The solar panels will generate approximately 4,400 kilowatt hours a year through the Generation Partners program. Over a 25 year period, the panels will reduce CO2 emissions by 185,035 pounds.