CDE Lightband Receives Grant for Solar Research

CLARKSVILLE, TN – February 24, 2020– CDE Lightband was awarded a research grant by the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program.

“I’m always impressed with CDE Lightband’s ability to stay on the leading edge of the technologies that have an impact on the energy marketplace and customers’ needs,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “By installing a solar array at their headquarters, CDE Lightband will be able to study and evaluate the best ways to bring solar power to homes and businesses in Clarksville.”

The grant allowed CDE Lightband to install and collect data on a 6.38kW solar array in order to create predictive models for solar deployment in Clarksville, TN.  The array is located at their main campus at 2021 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.

“We are very fortunate to be a part of APPA and very excited about receiving the DEED grant,” said Brian Taylor, general manager at CDE Lightband. “Our solar project will be used to help educate our employees, so we can better meet the needs of our customers as they look to install renewable power sources at their home or business.”


The American Public Power Association is the national organization serving the interests of the nation’s more than 2,000 community and state-owned electric utilities. The association established the DEED program in 1980 to sponsor and conduct activities related to energy innovation that improve efficiency or lower costs in providing energy services to consumers of publicly owned electric utilities. DEED funds are used to support innovative utility programs.  CDE Lightband is a member of the Association and DEED.

As a result of this research CDE Lightband has developed new interconnection procedures for customers interested in installing solar panels or other forms of distributed generation. CDE Lightband can also assist customers interested in installing solar panels by helping to estimate costs and benefits.

For assistance or general information about CDE Lightband and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) distributed generation programs please contact CDE Lightband’s Energy Services department at or by phone at 931.553.7400.

About CDE Lightband: CDE Lightband offers electric, television, Internet and phone service to customers in the city limits of Clarksville. CDE Lightband is the municipal power provider and serves over 70,000 metered homes and businesses with electric service and over 22,000 customers with broadband services.



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