The city of Lebanon received the 2018 Solar Champion award from the Tennessee Valley Solar Industries Association on Tuesday at the Tennessee Valley Solar Conference in Murfreesboro.
The award recognized Lebanon’s commitment to solar energy and the leadership exemplified through the city’s implementation of solar technology at city facilities such as the wastewater treatment plant.
TenneSEIA named its annual 2018 solar champion award winners and recognized the city of Lebanon and Jeff Dykes, CEO of BrightRidge, formerly Johnson City Power Board.
“TenneSEIA is proud to present our solar champion award to the city of Lebanon and Jeff Dykes, who both exhibited an extraordinary commitment to deploying solar energy,” said TenneSEIA president Matt Beasley.
TenneSEIA executive director Gil Hough, Ron Merville and Beasley presented the award to Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, who accepted the award on behalf of the city, along with public works commissioner Jeff Baines and water-sewer manager Clayton Anderson.
“Winning this award for the city of Lebanon means a lot for our city,” Ash said. “We are on the cutting edge of environmental technology. If you’ve ever driven by the wastewater treatment plant, you’ve seen all of the solar panels, and they’re working very well, and we’ve put more solar panels at the water department, and we have the gasification plant, and we’re working on recycling. Lebanon, Tennessee is going to be at the cutting edge of this technology.”
Lebanon continues to grow its green-energy infrastructure, most recently unveiling solar panels installed by Energy Source Partners at the Lebanon Water Department.