Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Mike Bradley ()
Communications and External Relations


UT, ORNL, TVA partner in Volunteer State Solar Initiative

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 2009 — The University of Tennessee will join Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority as a partner in Gov. Phil Bredesen's proposed Volunteer State Solar Initiative announced today.

UT and ORNL will be home to The Tennessee Solar Institute, one of two projects in the proposed $62.5-million initiative subject to U.S. Department of Energy approval.

The Tennessee Solar Institute would receive $31 million of that funding to focus on basic research to improve solar product affordability and efficiency.

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