Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bredesen touts alternative energy

Bredesen touts alternative energy on Earth Day
Memphis Business Journal - April 22, 2009

Gov. Phil Bredesen is celebrating Earth Day by touting the development of clean energy technology that could help the state become a mecca for producing solar energy and electric powered vehicles.

The governor appeared with representatives of Nissan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority in Franklin, Tenn., this morning, test-driving a Nissan all-electric car built in Japan and reiterating his support for green technology development in the state.

The carmaker, which has its U.S. headquarters in Middle Tennessee, said it plans to introduce electric vehicles for commercial and government fleets next year.

Bredesen wants to create public-private partnerships to develop solar-powered charging stations around the state. He has proposed developing a Solar Institute to advance the technology. The state already has been successful in attracting solar-related businesses to the state, including suppliers Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and Wacker Chemie AG, which have both pledged major investments and the addition of jobs in Tennessee.

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