Environmentally Responsible Programs
MTEMC strives to improve the communities that we serve. As part of that service, we have information on several environmental-friendly programs that members can participate in. If you have specific questions, please contact us.
The Cooperative Solar Project provides access to members who might otherwise be excluded from owning and installing their own solar electricity generation. Obstacles like improper roof orientation, excessive roof shading, restrictive subdivision covenants or landlord prohibitions are often barriers homeowners and renters who want to install solar systems run into. More information can be found at mtemc.com/CooperativeSolar
Green Power Providers
Generation Partners Green Power Providers provides technical support and incentives for the installation of renewable generation systems. It creates a market for green power generation by homeowners and businesses. Before purchasing and installing your renewable equipment, here is how you get started……
1. Click on the link below to review the TVA Green Power Providers general requirements.
2. http://www.tva.gov/greenpowerswitch/partners/index.htm(link is external)
3. Call MTEMC at 615-217-5256 for a consultation and forms to begin the application process.
4. Submit the following documents for approval by MTEMC before starting the installation of any equipment:
- Signed TVA Participation Agreement and MTEMC Interconnection Agreement
- Nonrefundable $250 fee for residential projects, $500 fee for commercial projects
- Four wire electric schematic
- NABCEP certification required (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners)
- Proof of Insurance ($100,000 Personal/Property Liability Policy for systems 10kW DC or less and $1 million for systems greater than 10 KW DC system capacity)
- Photos of existing metering and proposed placement location of solar metering (Usually the contractor can provide these electronically by e-mail.)
*Additional feasibility fees and/or existing electric service upgrade costs may be required.
*Projects larger than 50 kW require different application process and fee structure.
Green Homes Plus
Green Homes Plus rewards builders who pay special attention to environmental stewardship while building a new home. The program lays out steps to preserve the natural surroundings of the home construction site. Soil and water conservation, landscaping and construction waste management are just a few of the checklist items examined during the process.
District Energy Services Coordinators review plans before construction begins, provide construction prescriptive requirements, and work with the builder to provide energy-efficiency recommendations for the building process. The minimum requirements for MTEMC’s New Home Program – Prescriptive Home Design must be met before achieving the Green Home Plus Certification.
Contact your local MTEMC Energy Services Coordinator to find out about incentives and how to get started.
Environmental Sustainability Efforts
More and more communities MTEMC serves are undertaking efforts toward "sustainability," which can refer to varied steps toward environmental stewardship, like energy efficiency and conservation. MTEMC applauds and supports these efforts. Here is more information about efforts MTEMC is aware of...
City of Brentwood Environmental Quality Coordinating Committee - ad hoc committee focused on environmental quality and sustainability.
City of Brentwood Recycling - Information about the city's recycling program and efforts.
City of Franklin Sustainability Commission - Among a number of efforts, the city boasts a sustainability task force.
City of Franklin Blue Bag Recycling - A new program available to residents July 12.
Living Green in Franklin - A site with a number of options for "green living" in the community.
Keep Williamson Beautiful - Includes information about the annual Living Green Expo.
City of Lebanon Beautification Commission - The group works toward community preservation.
Rutherford County Recycling Center - Information about the county's recycling program and efforts.
Green Power Switch
Green Power Switch is a renewable energy initiative offering consumers in the Tennessee Valley a choice in the type power they buy. TVA and local public power companies, working with environmental community, developed the program to bring green power — electricity generated by cleaner, renewable resources such as solar, wind and methane gases — to Valley consumers. For more information visit mtemc.com/Green-Power-Switch
Electric Vehicle Information
Electric vehicles are one way to use renewable energy on a daily basis. Get the answers to some of the frequent questions asked by members. Check out the electric vehicles FAQ.