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2023 Solar Champions
Solar association presents awards to CDE Lightband and BC/BS of TN
Chattanooga, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA) presented its 2023 Solar Champion Awards to CDE Lightband and to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. The annual award recognizes individuals or entities that demonstrate leadership in support of solar energy deployment in the region.
CDE Lightband continues to show leadership in advocating solar energy across Tennessee. They have notably demonstrated great perseverance with setbacks on their own solar project: in 2021, plans for 15MW at one site had to be altered due to unsuitable karst topography; after considerable research to find new sites, two solar projects totaling 6.75 MW have now begun.
construction, in partnership with TVA (Flex program) and Silicon Ranch. In addition, CDE Lightband has been a leading voice in improvements to the Flex program so that their members can benefit more directly and through a number of educational initiatives.
"We appreciate TenneSEIA recognizing our efforts to deliver cleaner energy to the residents and businesses in the Tennessee Valley," said Brian Taylor, CDE Lightband General Manager. "Our current solar projects are just a few of the ways we are helping improve the impact of electric power generation on the environment," Taylor added.
Just as CDE Lightband was honored for its role as a local electrical utility in the development of the Flexibility program and education to its members, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee was recognized for their leadership in the business community. Their initiatives included a project built in 2019. The 1.1MW rooftop phase of the solar project was designed by Correlate Energy (previously: Solar Site Design) and constructed by Lawson Electric.
Additionally they installed a 2.4MW carport on top of their existing parking garage and an additional 700kW of carports at ground level; the 3 combined projects maximized all available area to build solar and achieve the maximum offset possible.