Take a look around Tennessee and you’ll see there are more than 200 solar-related businesses. These include large, international leaders with a long history in the state, as well as newer and expanding companies. The state’s investment in renewable energy, business-friendly environment, scenic beauty, and strong workforce make Tennessee a great place for all of these businesses.
Sharp, one of the first companies to mass produce solar panels in the early 1960s, formed a new division in Memphis in 1979. Sharp Manufacturing Company of America began manufacturing solar panels in the Memphis facility in 2003, and more than 1 million solar panels now have been produced.
In Kingsport, AGC Solar is producing specialty glass that is optimized for solar applications. The various types of glass have enhanced optical properties, helping increase the overall efficiency of solar panels and making the panels more cost competitive.
Shoals Technologies Group in Portland is manufacturing power electronics that efficiently convert solar panels’ DC electricity into AC electricity, so that the power may be used in homes and businesses, or connected to the electrical grid.
Two world leaders in the production of polycrystalline silicon used in solar cells, Hemlock Semiconductor and Wacker Chemie, have chosen to operate large manufacturing sites in Clarksville and Cleveland, respectively.
Companies such as Sustainable Future are providing renewable-energy leadership in the area of implementation. Sustainable Future Solar Park, near Knoxville, demonstrates solar technologies, provides educational programs, and supports workforce development through hands-on training.
The future is bright not only for Tennessee but throughout the world, thanks to these and the hundreds of other Tennessee companies committed to providing efficient and cost-effective renewable energy solutions.