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

Lower electricity rates than at present, guaranteed.

No losses or costs from power failures.

Community Development Enterprises will also install new smart meters in customers’ buildings that will allow customers to monitor their electricity usage by an individual circuit, enabling them to lower electricity costs through efficiency improvements.

Acquiring your own solar in Jackson is hard to justify economically, requires ideal land or rooftop site, and you pay the operating and maintenance costs.

Other Benefits to Customers

Going green

Going green

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!

Apply now to be at the top of our customer list.
We can only serve a small number of customers.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Must be within about 1.5 miles of Roosevelt Parkway and Dr. F. E. Wright Drive
  • Colleges
  • Businesses that use a substantial amount of electricity
  • Public Facilities

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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

The People and Companies Behind Community Development Enterprises

Community Development Enterprises is a Jackson partnership with offices at 1104 Whitehall St., Jackson, TN 38301

Our partners include Jacksonians David Hunt of Hunt Services and Michael Miner of Mound City Redevelopment, Dennis Emberling of E A Solar from Nashville, John Meyer of SynEnergy from Virginia, and David Shimon and NissimLevy of E A Solar from Florida.

The solar is being constructed by the top solar manufacturer and developer in the world, SunPower Corp.

The microgrid is being designed, engineered, and constructed by Instant-On Energy, Northern Reliability, Inc., andKORE Power.

Automatic solar-panel soil-prevention system by RST-CleanTech Solutions

The project has been awarded an innovation grant from the U. S. Department of Energy’s National Community SolarPartnership, working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of California’s Lawrence Livermore Berkeley Lab, and Keyes & Fox, LLP, a law firm specializing in distributed generation & renewable energy law.

The project has been awarded an innovation grant from the U. S. Department of Energy’s National Community SolarPartnership, working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of California’s Lawrence Livermore Berkeley Lab, and Keyes & Fox, LLP, a law firm specializing in distributed generation & renewable energy law.