Clean, green, solar energy is arriving in Jackson in 2021.
Community Development Enterprises is building a $60,000,000 Community-Solar Microgrid on Roosevelt Parkway to provide solar power to nearby colleges, public facilities, and businesses.
The solar and its huge batteries will supply customers with nearly all the power they use, day and night, directly wired from the solar to customers’ buildings. Customers will also remain connected to the utility grid for any additional power required.
When the grid goes down, customers will continue to receive uninterruptible power from the Solar Microgrid.
Hardened against even tornadoes: the solar panels have been proven to withstand 240 mph winds, and the batteries are in their own air-conditioned, fireproof, windproof buildings.
Costs to Customers
Rates will be guaranteed to be less than customers are presently paying, and those rates will be guaranteed for 20years, with options to renew for two more 5 years terms. No more unpredictable utility rate increases.
No costs to customers other than continuing to pay for electricity at lower rates than at present.
Community Development Enterprises is paying for all equipment, all underground wiring directly to customers’ buildings, smart meters and automatic transfer switches at customers’ buildings – everything. Plus all operating and maintenance expenses.
Savings for Customers
Other Benefits to Customers
Higher quality power
Higher quality power
Higher-quality power: tight control of voltage and frequency will provide steady, reliable, high-quality power that lengthens the life of machinery. No more brown-outs, voltage drops, or frequency fluctuations.
First Come, First Served!
Benefits to the Jackson Community
- Nationwide publicity: the first city in America to have a full-time Solar Microgrid for grid-connected businesses
- Pioneering in green energy
- The availability of solar and uninterruptible power will attract new businesses, especially manufacturers
- Uninterruptible power to storm shelters and first responders for weather emergencies
- Improve property values and increase property taxes
- Increasing job opportunities
- Community Development Enterprises will collaborate with Jackson colleges on new programs for solar careers