Solar plant scheduled to begin generating power

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- The largest solar electrical generation plant within the seven-state Tennessee Valley Authority is scheduled to begin generating electricity this week in Jackson.

The 5.5-acre solar farm is divided into two sections. One will supply electricity directly to the TVA. The other will help power a nearby plant and warehouse.

The section feeding TVA contains 4,704 panels that were manufactured in Memphis by Sharp, reported The Jackson Sun. Each panel can generate 224 watts, providing up to 1,000 killowatt hours hourly. Those panels are connected to TVA through the Jackson Energy Authority and the federal utility will purchase the electricity they produce.

Another 210 panels will supply electricity directly to the warehouse, which is being renovated for lease.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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