Freedom Plaza now features solar panels

February 16, 2011

Herald-Citizen - Sunday, February 13, 2011

J&S Construction Company began generating electricity from its new solar panel addition, located at the corporate headquarters on Foreman Drive in Cookeville. These solar panels will provide enough electricity to power more than half the electrical usage for this 25,000 square foot office space.

“We felt it was very important to research every sustainable tool available to our clients,” said Johnny Stites, CEO of J&S. “After researching the benefits of this solar array, we found the product could be beneficial for both the company as well as the Upper Cumberland region. “As a leader in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly construction, J&S has also been recommending this product to our clients, and we wanted a visual tool to provide to anyone with questions concerning these components.”

In an effort to improve energy consumption and implement energy-saving, cost-effective projects, J&S continues to refine its efforts in sustainable construction and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Freedom Plaza was completed in November of 2008, and this building was the first LEED-Gold Certified Class “A” Office Space in the State of Tennessee. The 28,000 square foot building, features environmentally friendly attributes which reduced average gas heating costs during the past two winters to less than $145 per month.

J&S worked closely alongside Total Quality Environment (Cookeville) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Generation Partners to complete this installation. TQE opened its doors in January 2009 and is responsible for providing both Solar/Wind products and installations for the Southeast. The TVA Generation Partners is a program where participants support the environment by helping keep the Tennessee Valley clean and green. They also benefit by defraying the costs of their renewable system installation and lowering their monthly energy bills through the revenue they receive from the sale of the green power.

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