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 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.

Acquiring your own commercial solar facility in Jackson is hard to justify economically. There is no net metering or Tennessee incentives. The weather is not ideal. It requires adequate-sized, unshaded rooftops or acreage and you have ongoing operating and maintenance costs. But through economies of scale and tax benefits not available to individual solar owners, a Solar Microgrid solves all these problems.

Customer savings

  Guaranteed to lower your electricity rates
  Rates guaranteed for 20 years
  Options to renew for two more five-year terms
  No more unpredictable utility-rate increases
  No more costly power failures
  Ability to monitor your usage by circuit
  No equipment, wiring, or maintenance costs

Other Benefits

  • Going green
  • Higher-quality power
    • Tight control of voltage and frequency
    • Steady, reliable, high-quality power
    • Lengthens the life of machinery
    • No more brown-outs, voltage drops, or frequency fluctuations

Community Benefits

  • Nationwide publicity: first city in America with a full-time, commercial, Solar Microgrid
  • Pioneering in green energy
  • Availability of solar and uninterruptible power to attract new businesses, especially manufacturers
  • Uninterruptible power to storm shelters and first responders for weather emergencies
  • Improve property values and increase property taxes
  • Increased job opportunities
  • New programs at Jackson colleges for careers in solar

Who is Eligible?

  • College and public facilities
  • Businesses using substantial electricity
  • Within 1.5 miles of the Solar Facility


Contact us to be considered.

Project Partners

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 SynEnergy, INC., Dennis Emberling of E A Solar from Nashville, John Meyer of SynEnergy from Virginia, and David Shimon and Nissim Levy 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., and KORE 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.