Chattanooga, TN (December 14, 2017) – Driven by a passion for environmental sustainability and the well-being of children, Chattanooga Peds founders Dr. Jeanie Jung and David Harris are among the first business owners to become EPB Solar Share “Leaders” by offsetting 100% of the facility’s electricity usage with locally generated community solar power.
“EPB’s Solar Share meets our goal of reducing our offices’ carbon footprint without constructing a rooftop solar installation,” Harris said. “We want to be good neighbors and partners by offsetting all of our electricity consumption with renewable energy, which we believe benefits everybody in the community.”
Prior to becoming a Solar Share “Leader,” Chattanooga Peds established a relationship with EPB Energy Analyst Ann Eslinger to enhance the value of electricity through best practices and efficiencies. Eslinger determined that by licensing 70 Solar Share panels, the pediatric care facility can meet its goal of offsetting all of its electricity needs with locally generated solar power.
“The Chattanooga Peds owners are environmentally conscious in every way, and they understand that their young patients are growing up in a world where environmental stewardship is a critical part of all of our lives,” Eslinger said. “They look at the whole child approach of good health, which includes a healthy environment.”
EPB Solar Share was launched in July 2017 through a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority as a way to provide customers with a new option for participating in renewable energy that lower the barriers that many home and business owners face. The 1.35 megawatt facility on Holtzclaw Avenue also serves as a living lab for developing future energy solutions in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“We hope our decision to source all of our power through Solar Share encourages our community to embrace environmental consciousness as way of promoting good health and wellbeing,” Harris said.
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Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid.