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$1M grant funds 45 solar charging stations

The city of Knoxville, the University of Tennessee and UT-Battelle are the recipients of more than $1 million of a $100 million federal grant to expand the solar industry in Tennessee, News Sentinel writer Rebecca Ferrar reported Sunday.

Solar-powered charging stations in three locations should start being installed as soon as the contract is complete. UT-Battelle is the contractor managing Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which will conduct research on solar use after the stations are installed.

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Knoxville will get 10 solar charging stations for electric vehicles to be installed at two city-owned garages: Market Square Garage and Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum Parking Garage.

Ten will also go on the UT campus: Five are slated for the agriculture campus and five for the main UT campus. Another 25 will be stationed in Oak Ridge, said Billy Stair, director of communications of ORNL.

The project is expected to be completed in June 2012.

The new solar-powered stations are in addition to a network of 350 charging stations now being installed in the Knoxville area. Those stations are powered by electricity and are a project supported by Knoxville, Knox County, ORNL, TVA and Knoxville Utilities Board.

Read the full story on Knoxvillebiz.

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