BrightRidge will donate another $50,000 to RegionAHEAD’s Local Business Recovery Fund, a pool of funding established to help struggling small businesses in the Appalachian Highlands region.
The solar farm in Telford was constructed in partnership with BrightRidge, TVA and Nashville-based Silicon Ranch. It generates 5 megawatts, with .5 megawatts allocated to fuel the BrightRidge Solar community project.
Almost two weeks after it launched, a local donation-supported fund designed to assist struggling small businesses has accumulated $105,000 and 170 applications for funding from regional business owners.
BrightRidge, organized as a public political subdivision of the state of Tennessee, will conduct its meetings by conference call beginning March 24 at 4:15 p.m.
In response to COVID-19, the utility urges all customers to use its online and phone-based customer service options or drive-through lanes at its 2600 Boones Creek Road offices.
The utility recognizes some customers may face temporary financial hardship due to unprecedented societal restrictions associated with COVID-19. For those impacted, the utility is suspending non-payment electric, internet and phone disconnects until further notice
President Donald Trump has nominated Noland and former state House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, to TVA’s governing board. The two must be confirmed to the board by the U.S. Senate.
BrightRidge will be pulling new conductor wire across State of Franklin Road near the intersection with Med Tech Parkway requiring periodic traffic stoppages from 8 p.m. on Thursday to 6 a.m. on Friday.
BrightRidge launched its new broadband services in 2019, adding additional complexity to financial record keeping, according to auditors Blackburn, Childers & Stegall.
Commissioner Phil Carriger said BrightRidge’s push into high-speed broadband internet is “a big plus” for the county’s economic development efforts. Carriger told Evans he and other members of the CIA Committee hope the utility’s new service will help entice young business owners to the region.
Jeff Dykes, BrightRidge’s chief executive officer, said the broadband rollout has come “later than expected” with the utility still working on its video components. BrightRidge said 79 percent of the possible providers to its over-the-top streaming video has signed up for the service.
He said BrightRidge has become an “economic driver” in the region by providing wireless broadband to rural areas. He said the broadband speeds that the utility offer are on par with Atlanta and major data centers near Washington, D.C.
Ron Dykes, BrightRidge’s chief executive officer, said four other electric vehicle charging stations are to come within the next 90 days. He said the charging stations represent an “exciting time” for his utility and for economic development in the region.
First responders from the area had a lesson in high-power electrical lines Wednesday that could end up saving their life or someone injured in anything involving downed or broken power lines.
The new budget sees operating expenses cut by 2 percent, and BrightRidge’s tax contributions to local governments increase by 2%.