More than $9 million committed to solar grants

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Solar Institute has committed more than $9 million in solar installation grants to Tennessee businesses.

Through this program, 108 projects valued at more than $33 million have been approved for new solar photovoltaic installations across the state.

According to a news release from the institute, these installations will produce an estimated 5.8 megawatts of additional solar conversion, increasing Tennessee's total solar usage from 2.5 megawatts to more than 8 megawatts.

Matt Kisber, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said the grants will help state businesses be more productive and competitive.

He said they are important in expanding Tennessee's renewable energy portfolio.

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