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EV Project expands to Memphis

Memphis officials announced Tuesday that Memphis will be included in the EV Project, a federally backed effort to build charging stations for electric vehicles.

Daniel Connolly and Wayne Risher of the Memphis Commercial Appeal report that new charging stations would be installed by September. About 40 public chargers initially will be installed, not including those at businesses or homes.

Plans for the EV Project announced last year included only Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville. Area officials later persuaded ECOtotality, the San Francisco-based contractor managing the EV Project to include Memphis.

Memphis will be the 18th city nationwide to take part in the EV Project, which is meant to gather data in order to help planners build infrastructure for electric vehicles throughout the country.

Read the full story at the Commercial Appeal.

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Free electric vehicle workshop

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Interested in electric vehicles, but want to know more?

The Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association will present a free public workshop on electric vehicles 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 19 at Ted Russell Nissan, 8565 Kingston Pike.

9:00 Welcome and Mission of Knoxville EV Association
9:20 Why EV's and history and future
9:45 Stories and pictures of early conversions 1970s and 1980s
10:00 Break - View cars
10:20 Alternate EV options
10:40 Review Gary Bulmer's EV conversion progress
11:00 Solar options for home charging
11:20 Break again to look at cars answer questions.
11:40 Battery Technology

The group normally meets at noon on the second Saturday of each month at Earthfare in Turkey Creek. Meetings are open to the public.
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U.S. Green Building Council

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Scripps Networks Interactive is now the owner of one of only a handful of LEED Gold certified new construction projects in Tennessee, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

The company recently received LEED Gold certification on its new 150,000-square-foot headquarters on Sherrill Boulevard.

The new building, opened last March, was designed from the beginning to be sustainable. The company also plans to completely remodel the original building, now used as the technology center, to use materials comparable to the new headquarters.

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Knox Heritage garnered some attention last year for its partnership with the City of Knoxville's Solar America program on a historic home restoration project.

Using grants, the organization included a number of energy efficient upgrades in the remodeling of a two-story Victorian house from 1888, including solar power.  Now the house is almost complete and being offered for sale.

Knox Heritage decided to pursue the LEED for Homes certification for the Green House project and used sustainable and energy-efficient building materials and construction techniques, while still attempting to keep the historic feel of the home. Final LEED certification is still pending.

Upgrades included two solar energy devices to generate electricity and hot water with solar-generating film hidden on the building's standing seam metal roof rather than solar panels. Other measures include foam insulation around new energy-efficient windows, R-38 insulation in the attic and cellulose insulation in walls.

The Green House, located at 1011 Victorian Way in Fort Sanders, is listed at $369,900. There will be an open house on Saturday, February 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., open to the general public.

For more information on the house, visit the Knox Heritage website.

Check out last year's article on the green renovation project by Amy McRary at the News Sentinel.

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More Nashville-area property owners are taking advantage of TVA's Generation Power program and investing in solar energy at their homes and businesses. The program's popularity is growing, in part due to increased incentives and a drop in the price of solar equipment, officials say.

More than 400 property owners, with the help of the Tennessee Valley Authority and local power distributors, have homes and businesses that are also mini-power plants, cranking out electricity for which they get paid, reports Anne Paine of the Nashville daily Tennessean.

While some participants get a check for the power they produce, others use the extra funds to cover their electric bill in higher-usage months.

Most projects are in Tennessee, and an additional 200 such projects are in the pipeline, she writes. Nashville Electric Service reports 63 customers in the program with another 15 planning to participate.

Check out the full story, including individual project descriptions at The Tennessean.
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We want to hear from you!

GoGreenET is seeking to recognize businesses that are just starting on their green journeys and those who have already taken significant strides.

Participants in the Green Business Recognition program will be recognized in the Greater Knoxville Business Journal's Green Issue in April; at's online directory; and at the Knoxville Chamber's Green AM Exchange networking event on April 21.

Here's how to get involved: Visit, download and complete the Green Business Recognition Program survey and return it to us by March 4. Check off one business practice in each category and earn 30 points, and you've planted the roots as a Green Achiever.

Write up your successes in one of five areas - Recycling/Waste Reduction; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy and Community Outreach - and you could qualify for special recognition as an Outstanding Achiever.

The program, a partnership of KUB, Thermocopy, the Knoxville Chamber and the Greater Knoxville Business Journal, seeks to help businesses save money, create goodwill among employees and customers, and promote Knoxville as a green place to do business.

For more information, contact Shelley Phillips at or 865-342-6343.
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