Tennessee law allows for the creation of easements for the purpose of ensuring access to direct sunlight for solar energy systems. This statute also states that the "encouragement and protection of solar energy systems is a valid objective which counties and municipalities may consider in promulgating zoning regulations." When land is sold, easements pass with the property as recorded with the register of deeds in the county in which the land is situated.
In June 2009, Tennessee enacted the [http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Chapter/PC0529.pdf Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009] and expanded its ''Sales and Use Tax Credit for Emerging Industries'' to manufacturers of clean energy technologies on the sale or use of qualified tangible personal property. The Sales and Use Tax is reduced to 0.5% for clean energy technology manufacturers.
[http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/TN71F-67.6.346.htm Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-6-346] allows a taxpayer to take a credit, to apply for a refund of taxes paid, or to apply for authority to make tax-exempt purchases of machinery and equipment used to produce electricity in a certified green energy production facility.
The Safe Dams Act of 1973 (SDA) gives the Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Conservation the power to issue certificates authorizing the construction, alteration, or operation of a dam.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to eligible for a loan:
Existing and Start-up Business in Tennessee (including part-time and home-based businesses)
Business has fewer than 10 employees including the owners
Located in rural Tennessee (as defined by the USDA)
To determine if your business is located in an eligible rural area, visit USDA Eligibility. Click "Accept" on the property eligibility disclaimer and enter your personal and business address.
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The Rules Governing Water and Wastewater Operator Certification are applicable to all projects that will require a water treatment site. Everyone who plans to operate a wastewater or water treatment facility must be certified by the state, and must pass an exam administered by the Board of Water and Wastewater.
The Division of Surface Mining, under the authority of the Department of Environment and Conservation, has established rules specific to the mining of coal. All coal mining operations must first obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPEDS) from the Division of Water Pollution Control (WPC). In addition they must obtain a state mining Surface Mining Permit from the Division of Water Pollution Control, Mining Section (form #CN-1097). The operator of the mine is responsible for submitting an annual report to the WPC.
The Regulations for Gas Companies, implemented by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (Authority) outline the standards for metering, distribution and electricity generation for utilities using gas. They follow the same equipment, metering reporting and customer relations standards as the Regulations for Electric Companies. In addition to these requirements these regulations outline purity requirements, pressure limits, piping requirements, odorization requirements, welder requirements, leak reporting requirements/maintenance procedures.
The Regulations for Electric Companies are under the Authority of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which is the public service branch of the state government. These regulations establish the records electricity providers are required to keep and submit. It requires that all electricity sold by a utility shall be on the basis provided in the required filed rates. All sales of electricity shall be on the basis of meter measurement except when other basis is provided in the filed rates or when the nature of the usage is such that the consumption may be readily computed.
This entry lists the states with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies that accept generation located in Tennessee as eligible sources towards their RPS targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation.