Power Switch News
Governor Don Sundquist recently announced that all state buildings in Nashville have joined Green Power Switch, making the Volunteer State the first in the Southeast to purchase green power for its state buildings.
Tennessees future depends upon affordable, dependable energy, said Sundquist during the announcement ceremony at Cumberland Science Museum in Nashville. Among the crowd of approximately 50 people were several members of the governors administration, members of the environmental community, representatives of Nashville Electric Service, and members of the public.
The governor made his remarks on a beautiful, sunny afternoon at the site of the first Green Power Switch solar generating facility, which is located on the museum grounds. The museums solar canopies officially joined TVAs generation lineup in April 2000.
While the sunlight harnessed by the solar panels generated electricity for Tennessee Valley Green Power Switch participants, it also energized the governor as he spoke about the importance of being environmentally conscious. We all have a responsibility to wisely use that energy to protect our environment. I hope the states participation in Green Power Switch will encourage Tennessee residents, businesses, and local governments to do the same, he said.
The state buildings in Nashville, including the governors residence, are purchasing more than 400 blocks of green power. A total of 4,400 residents and 222 businesses in Tennessee have signed on to Green Power Switch through 31 local power distributors.
Were always working to expand Green Power Switch in our service area, said Donald Kohanski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville Electric Service. We hope our customers will see the governors example and purchase green power for their homes and businesses.
Well have to wait and see if indeed more Tennessee residents take advantage of the natural rays that shine on sunny days like the one on which the governor made his announcement. In keeping with the spirit of the Volunteer State, we feel sure they will.
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