b'DESIGN AND ENGINEERINGNEW SOLAR POWER CENTER|ELORA, TNTennessee is known for many thingsits bourbon, BBQ, Goo Goo Clusters, Moon Pies, Graceland and the Grand Ole Oprybut one thing its not, is solar power. Until now.Near a small farming town in southern Tennessee, Ulteig designed and engineered one of the largest solar power center in the state. Located on more than 1,700 acres near the Tennessee-Alabama border, this new 150 MW AC solar farm will interconnect with the Tennessee Valley Authoritys (TVA) existing electrical grid. The TVA, under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), will sell most of the output to Facebook, which built a $750 million data center located in nearby Huntsville, Alabama. Built with 508, 147 solar panels, the solar farm will help create more economic diversity in the region by attempting to attract high-tech companies to this largely agricultural region of the state.OPTIMIZE TO REDUCE COSTS; INCREASE PRODUCTIVITYUlteig was brought on board in April 2020 as the solar design engineer with the responsibility of optimizing the preliminary project design and equipment to be selected for the project. In designing the solar energy farm near Elora, our engineers were challenged with optimizing project plans to reduce costs while maintaining or increasing the solar farms productivity, said Andrew Melvin, P.E., a technical manager with Ulteigs transmission and distribution team.33'