The sun peeked out from a gray veil of winter clouds Thursday just moments before local officials ceremoniously flipped the switch on a second solar farm in rural Washington County.

“This is an exceptional site and shows that you can put a solar farm in the mountains of East Tennessee,” BrightRidge CEO Jeffrey Dykes said during the dedication of the 9-megawatt Martin Solar Farm, located on 104 acres of former farmland at 215 Martin Road.

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Robert Houk has served as a journalist and photographer at the Press since 1987. He is a recipient of the Associated Press Managing Editors Malcom Law Award for investigative reporting.

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