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Midway, Tenn. farm finishes solar project with grant

One of the first solar projects funded in part by the Tennessee Solar Institute has been completed at a farm in Midway, Tenn.

Chuckey Creek Farms has completed installation of a 10-kilowatt heating system, Douglas Watson of the daily Greeneville Sun reports. Tom Leach, the farm's owner, received a $20,000 grantfrom the Tennessee Solar Institute.

TVA will credit the farm 12 cents over current rates for each kilowatt produced during the next 10 years. The project is forecast to pay for itself in three years through incentives and energy savings.
Leach said in the Sun interview that he pursued the project because of his concern about the country's oil dependency and the environment, and is pleased to see his home's electric output already reducing its carbon footprint.

Construction Art in Afton, Tennessee was the contractor for the project. The company has worked on other Tennessee projects including solar panels for the Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport installed earlier this year.

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