TAEBC’s first Energy Connect event a success; Thanks to sponsor Bradley

TAEBC kicked off its new summer event series with an Energy Connect networking opportunity in Nashville at the headquarters of event sponsor and member Bradley (formerly Bradley Arant Boult Cummings) in early May.

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Left to right: Energy Connect event sponsor Chris Bowles with Bradley; Speaker John Bradley with TVA; and TAEBC President and Charter member Silicon Ranch’s Matt Kisber.

More than 20 TAEBC members and Bradley invitees attended to hear a presentation on economic development from TVA’s John Bradley.

Energy Connect events are sponsored by members and for members. With a sponsorship, members choose their event type and TAEBC promotes and secures attendance.

TAEBC’s Energy Connect gives members the opportunity to network more times during the year, increase the visibility of their business, and share expertise and information.

Energy Connect events can include:

  • Factory or facility tour
  • Featured speaker for coffee, lunch or happy hour
  • “Lunch and learn” style information sharing lecture
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Thank you Energy Connect sponsor Bradley.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events. For sponsorship info visit here. For up-to-date TAEBC events, check the calendar on the website.

It’s a Wrap: TAEBC Completes Filming of Advanced Energy Video Series

TAEBC has been busy the past two months, traveling across the region to film the organization’s first video series. Thanks to the sponsorship of TAEBC Charter members, Silicon Ranch Corporation, Oak Ridge National Lab and Strata-G, three videos were filmed in April and May.

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Strata-G President Dan Hurst, a TAEBC video sponsor, on set at Maryville College.

The videos take an up close look at the advanced energy sector. Titled “This is Advanced Energy,” “Inside Advanced Energy” and “Innovations in Advanced Energy,” the series features interviews with TAEBC member organizations along with action footage of production, research and development.

TAEBC kicked off filming with an interview at TAEBC Charter member, PYA. Past President Tom Ballard provided insight on what makes Tennessee rich in advanced energy resources and why the industry is a leading economic driver for the state.

TAEBC spent a day at Oak Ridge National Lab, capturing scientific and development aspects of advanced energy and how a concept moves from the idea phase to research to production. ORNL will be the focus of the third video in the series, “Innovations in Advanced Energy.”

While in Middle Tennessee, TAEBC filmed with TAEBC member, Bridgestone, learning about the company’s commitment to energy efficiency in tire production. TAEBC also spent time with TAEBC member, Schneider Electric, taking an in-depth look at microgrid development. TAEBC wrapped up its Nashville area tour at Silicon Ranch Corporation headquarters, hearing about solar advancements in Tennessee.

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Behind the scenes filming at Silicon Ranch in Nashville. Silicon Ranch is a TAEBC video sponsor.

We traveled to Vonore and visited with TAEBC member, Genera Energy, taking a closer look at biomass processing and switchgrass production. Strata-G hosted TAEBC at the site of one of its energy efficient buildings on the Maryville College campus and also took the camera along for a trip to its natural gas fueling stations in Sevier County.

Other members participating in the production include TAEBC members, Clean Line Energy and PHG Energy, who supplied footage to be included in the video series.

Thank you to all members for making the filming possible. TAEBC will provide sneak peeks and first looks throughout the year in the newsletter and on all social media channels. Photos and video clips are available on the Flickr and YouTube accounts.

The videos are anticipated to be ready for preview in early fall. A launch party is planned for all members and participants. It’s an exciting time to be a TAEBC member. Watch the e-news for more updates and information including a save the date preview invite.

Silicon Ranch Closes Equity Investment, Announces TVA Partnership

It’s been a busy Spring for TAEBC Charter member, Silicon Ranch Corporation. The Nashville-based developer, owner and operator of solar energy plants in the U.S. announced in late April that the company has closed on a $100 million equity investment from Partners Group, a global private markets investment management firm.

silicon-ranch-logoOn the heels of the investment, Silicon Ranch also announced the awarding of a long-term power purchase agreement for a 53 MW solar project at Naval Support Activity in Mid-South in Millington, Tenn. The solar array will be the largest in Tennessee and will provide power to TVA customers for the next 20 years.

Both of these announcements further demonstrate Silicon Ranch’s commitment to the development of the advanced energy sector within Tennessee.

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Silicon Ranch President & CEO Matt Kisber at Nashville headquarters.

The platform investment from Partners Group “will allow Silicon to accelerate its business model of developing to own all projects for the long-term.” said Silicon Ranch President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Kisber, who is also TAEBC’s Board President.

While the solar industry is experiencing a rapid, and dynamic expansion in the U.S., Tennessee remains poised to capture a significant share of the solar market with projects such as the 53 MW solar array in Millington.

According to TVA and Silicon Ranch, the project will occupy over 400 acres and feature a single-axis tracking system to allow an estimated 580,000 panels to follow the sun across its daily arc. To support the facility, Silicon Ranch acquired 330 acres from the Millington Industrial Development Board and signed a real-estate lease with the Department of the Navy for another 72 acres of base land at NSA Mid-South. The capacity generated on the Navy’s property will contribute to the department’s One Gigawatt initiative to enhance energy security and resiliency. The project includes electrical infrastructure upgrades to provide additional benefit to NSA Mid-South.

Silicon Ranch has been a mover for several years in many geographies and was responsible for the first large-scale solar facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Silicon Ranch recently completed its first projects in Colorado and will significantly expand its portfolio across the U.S. over the next 18 months through organic growth and strategic corporate development.

Silicon’s additional Tennessee solar projects include the Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Farm, Hospital Corporation of America, Memphis Bioworks and Memphis Agricenter.

TAEBC applauds Silicon Ranch for its continued success and commitment to being a driver of advanced energy advancement in Tennessee and thanks TAEBC Matt Kisber for his support of the organization.

For more information about Silicon Ranch, visit siliconranchcorp.com.

 

TAEBC Introduces Energy Connect Summer Series: Networking Opportunities Hosted by Members, for Members

The summer is heating up to be an energizing time for TAEBC with the launch of the new Energy Connect Summer Series in May. Hosted by members for members, Energy Connect provides networking opportunities to introduce new products and services and talk about timely topics.

Upcoming sessions will feature events sponsored by TAEBC members, Genera Energy, PHG Energy and Silicon Ranch. Watch your email and the TAEBC website event calendar for updates and more information.

BABC_LogoOn May 17, TAEBC member, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, hosts the first Energy Connect session in Nashville, at 1600 Division Street, #700, from 4:30-5:30 pm CT, featuring TVA’s Senior VP of Economic Development, John Bradley.

Bradley will talk about “Economic Development Trends in the Tennessee Valley.” Economic development initiatives create jobs and capital investment. Bradley will discuss the latest on TVA’s programs and give members insight into how TVA is helping to retain and recruit advanced energy companies and manufacturers to the state.

John BradleyAt TVA, Bradley has implemented a broad range of new initiatives including a targeted industrial recruitment program and increased support for community development and existing companies. He is a veteran economic development professional with more than 30 years’ experience. He came to TVA in 2002, and since that time has spearheaded the Megasites Certification Program; Valley Investment Initiative; The Data Center Sites Identification Initiative; TVA’s Rural Development Strategy and TVA’s Product Development Initiative.

Bradley’s leadership led to TVA being named one of the top utilities for economic development. Personally, Bradley was twice named one of the Top 10 Who Made a Difference in Economic Development by Southern Business & Development magazine. He serves as a member of Tennessee’s Rural Development Task Force.

The Energy Connect Summer Series at BABC will conclude with networking, featuring appetizers and happy hour beverages.

To register or for more information, here.

 

Tell Secretary Moniz to support the delivery of low-cost clean energy to consumers

The U.S. Department of Energy is currently deciding whether to approve the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project (developed by TAEBC member Clean Line Energy Partners), and a petition is available online now to voice your support to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The project will deliver low-cost wind energy from the wind-rich Oklahoma Panhandle region to utilities and customers in Arkansas, Tennessee and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast.

The Plains & Eastern Clean Line also benefits local communities by stimulating economic development and creating new jobs. It will modernize America’s grid and create a cleaner energy future.

Click here for a link to the petition and letter of support.