Huge solar farms planned near Selmer,...

Huge solar farms planned near Selmer, Tennessee

There are 10 comments on the Memphis Commercial Appeal story from Aug 5, 2013, titled Huge solar farms planned near Selmer, Tennessee. In it, Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that:

McNairy County is likely to be home by next spring to the two largest solar energy installations in the Tennessee Valley Authority region.

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Cedar Grove, TN

#1 Aug 6, 2013
How will this benefit Selmer/McNairy County?

Lexington, TN

#2 Aug 6, 2013
It will bring in jobs. Someone has to build them and then people have to maintain them. I have a friend that moved from this area to Texas and got a job doing maintenance on these. He makes good money, but you definitely can't be afraid of heights for sure.

Cedar Grove, TN

#3 Aug 6, 2013
But nothing permanent. Would be great if all the labor force was from here but that can't happen. 6 mo job and they all will be gone. these are solar panels on the ground. will create no full time jobs for McNairy County. Looks like some McNairy County investors shore missed a good boat here???
whats up

Saint George, UT

#4 Aug 6, 2013
Someone will receive the benefits of the power being sold to TVA .

Cedar Grove, TN

#5 Aug 6, 2013
my opinion

Lexington, TN

#6 Aug 6, 2013
Look...everyone these days are looking for "clean, renewable resources". The solar farms are just that...clean energy. Not only do we now have complete access to that by harboring the 2 largest in our region, but our industries do. Sure...the construction phases are just temp jobs, but look at the larger picture. This is a major boost for any potential industries looking to invest here which could mean long-term jobs. This is a major step for McNairy Co. But you have to thinnk of not what this means for now, but what it's going to lead to. Do the energy is getting BIG...especially for industries and companies looking to clean up their production. McNairy Co will officially be the home for the 2 largest farms in the I missing something, or does that not sound like a good thing?

Cedar Grove, TN

#7 Aug 6, 2013
Selmer Mayor David Robinson said Monday that he believes the project will be good for the area and he doesn't expect opposition. "Certainly it will create some jobs, at least temporarily during construction, and we were told six to 12 permanent jobs. I believe it will help our tourism -- people wanting to see what a big solar farm looks like.

"I also believe it will help with our industrial recruitment, especially with companies interested in renewable energy. It's a pretty big deal. Barring any problems, they are talking about getting started in October or November and the power being online by next April," the mayor said.

I think you are missing something, I agree with Mr.Robinson. It will be a pretty big pay check for the corp but not much for Selmer/Mcnairy county.
Sounds like maybe you want to be tour guide?
I am not against the solar farn,just that i don,t see it helping Selmer/McNairy County customers,Consumers?
my opinion

West Monroe, LA

#8 Aug 6, 2013, I'm not looking to be a tour guide. Actually, I've been told that it is expected to be 200+ temp jobs. I honesty think you're reading what you want to see in his statement. Sure, the permanent jobs don't seem like much, but you just put his statement above...
"I also believe it will help with our industrial recruitment, especially with companies interested in renewable energy. It's a pretty big deal."
You do understand that that means help with getting new businesses in McNairy (not little ma & pop places either) which in turns creates hundreds of permanent jobs, right? How is that not helping citizens? What is the not get the solar farms and hope everything else is enough to attract investors? Nope...sorry, but it doesn't work that way. If we want to get jobs here for our citizens, then we have to attract the jobs here. That's not a simple process, but we're definately on our way there!

Cedar Grove, TN

#9 Aug 6, 2013
Yes i do agree that solar farms are great. Now that the doors have been opened why don't city of Selmer/McNairy County invest in solar farms for our utility company's? Than we the consumer could be purchasing energy from our own farms? does that sound ok? If nothing else produce enough to operate our city parks and other city operated operations? Do you think we the consumer could purchase energy less expensive from our own farms that what we now pay PEC? Why feed the fat cats somewhere else when it would be better to invest at home? These new farms have nothing to do with providing us citizens a less expensive energy. Could we not build solar farms with a wheel tax?

Cedar Grove, TN

#10 Aug 6, 2013
BTW,, I read the official news release before i read Mr. Robinson.

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