TVA: Jonesborough Tennessee's 'greenest' community

Nathan Baker • May 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Jonesborough was named “Community of the Year” on Tuesday by the Tennessee Valley Authority at the federal agency’s Third Annual Green Power Switch Leadership Awards.

A release from TVA said the town was the award recipient because of its dedication to renewable power generation and its existing recycling programs.

Since 2002, Jonesborough has purchased green power blocks, 150-kilowatt hours of packaged electricity, the cost of which goes toward the development of renewable energy systems and programs.

The TVA has offered the blocks for sale at $4 per block since 2000, when the Green Power Switch Program was initiated to spur investment in sun, wind and biomass energy research and production.

Through the program, the blocks purchased by Jonesborough have helped to generate nearly 1.8 million kilowatt hours of green energy.

Jeff Thomas, of the town’s Division of Solid Waste and Recycling, accepted the award at the TVA awards ceremony in Oak Ridge.

“On behalf of the Mayor of Jonesborough Kelly Wolfe, and the rest of the board members, we say thank you to the Tennessee Valley Authority, Johnson City Power Board and most of all, our citizens of Jonesborough,” Thomas said. “Jonesborough became a Green Power Community because our leaders felt if it was important enough to ask our residents to participate in the Green Power Program; the town should set an example.”

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