Renewable Energy

Researchers throughout the University of Tennessee are focused on creating renewable, clean and affordable alternatives to fossil fuels.
photovoltaic solar cells

Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels

From biomass to nuclear reactors, UT is working to help reduce the country’s dependence on finite resources such as coal, oil and natural gas. UT owns and operates the 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm—one of the largest solar-generated facilities in the Southeast. More than 25 acres contain a solar array of approximately 21,000 fixed-tilt, ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels. Electricity generated is distributed through purchase agreements with local utility Chickasaw Electric Cooperative and Tennessee Valley Authority.

Everywhere you look, UT is investing in the future.

aerial view of solar panel array next to I-40