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TVA offers tour of Melton Hill, upgrades

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In celebration of Earth Day, TVA will dedicate and provide tours of a series of sustainability enhancements that target renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental stewardship throughout the Melton Hill Dam recreation and campground area.

The dedication and tours are open to the public. The event is 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 22 at Melton Hill Dam Recreation Area, 2009 Grubb Road in Lenoir City.

To create a sustainable project, TVA blended new technologies into existing infrastructure and a natural setting at the Melton Hill recreation area and campground. These enhancements include:

--Photovoltaic solar power arrays 
--A wind turbine
--Energy efficient, solar-powered LED street and path lighting
--Solar water heating in the campground bath house
--Water conservation features in restrooms
--Energy efficiency lighting control sensors
--Building materials made from coal combustion products
--Stormwater management techniques to filter runoff
--Electric vehicle chargers

According to plans released last summer, the campground was expected to be net-zero energy use.  Improvements at the site will be monitored and, if successful, the utility plans to implement them at other public areas it operates.

"As people enjoy the recreational opportunities at Melton Hill, visitors will be helping TVA test the performance of new technologies. They will also be consuming less energy and using less water than people who stayed at the campground just one season ago," said Anda Ray, senior vice president of Environment & Technology.

The site dedication is one of several ways TVA recognized Earth Day.

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In other Earth Day events, TVA's Green Power Switch program is installing new Energy Information Stations at six locations around the TVA service area. Locations in East Tennessee are the American Museum of Science & Energy in Oak Ridge and Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville.

The interactive stations are designed to increase public awareness of renewable energy and educate users on the various ways TVA generates and transmits electricity. The sites will use multimedia exhibits containing audio messages, three-dimensional graphics and simple explanations to illustrate TVA energy options. The stations are designed specifically for elementary school children and youth groups.

TVA employees from the Bull Run Fossil Plant near Clinton, Tenn., are helping plant trees and shrubbery with students from Claxton Elementary School at the school's new outdoor learning center.

They also are planting trees at TVA's Muscle Shoals Dam Reservation in Alabama and cleaning up trails at the Hiwassee River Walk in Murphy, N.C. Gallatin Plant employees are helping to construct a seating and natural area at a greenway in Gallatin.
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