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April 01, 2012 | Tom Ballard

West TN Solar Farm ribbon cutting set for April 12

The State of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee and the U. S. Department of Energy are planning a celebration on April 12 when officials cut the ribbon on the new West Tennessee Solar Farm.

The official opening of the five-megawatt facility located in Stanton near Brownsville begins at 3 p.m. CDT. This is a change from the original plan. Officials tout it as the largest solar facility in the state and note that it will play an important role in educating citizens about the benefits of solar energy.

More information on the farm is available at Those interested in attending the event can register at For additional information, questions or to RSVP via phone, individuals should call 865/974-9559 or e-mail

Organizers have provided the following additional guidance.

Attire: The Solar Farm ribbon cutting will take place outdoors, under a tent. Please dress appropriately. Ladies, please consider flats.

Parking: There is no parking on site. Please follow the directions below to Stanton’s town center. Buses will shuttle visitors from the town center to the Solar Farm. If an option, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Call 865/974-9559 if special transportation assistance is required.

Directions: Please allow approximately 15 minutes from Interstate 40 to the parking location. Signage will guide visitors to the parking area(s). The first shuttle will depart at 2 p.m., and the last shuttle will depart at 2:45 p.m.

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