The companies’ first project will be 1.4 MW solar farm in the city of Pulaski, Tenn., and when it is completed, the privately owned facility it will be the largest solar installation in the state.
Dr. Andreas Hänel, CEO of Phoenix Solar AG, described the initiative as part of a larger “internationalisation” of the company’s business.
“[The decision to branch out in the US] is now bearing its first fruits of our cooperation with Silicon Ranch. It is expected that the US will become the largest PV market in the world in a few years,” Hänel said. “There are already indications of larger projects that we carry out through our team in the U.S. with the usual quality of Phoenix Solar."
Construction of the project has already begun and is being done with support from local utility Chapel Electric. Phoenix Solar will also provide long-term operational and maintenance support under the terms of the contract.
The project is part of a larger plan to develop the Silicon Ranch "Pulaski Energy Park", a 10-acre facility which together with the operating power plant will also include a training campus, buildings with solar energy service, training and administration.
"Developing a solar installation will provide tremendous advantages in Pulaski social, environmental and economic region,” said Matthew Kisber, President and CEO of Silicon Ranch. “Our intention is to provide low-cost solar energy with an orientation towards the creation of green jobs and increasing capital investment in clean energy here in our state and around the world.”
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