TVA unveiled conservation and energy-saving efforts at a lakeside recreation site.

TVA expects the upgrades will reduce the area’s electric usage by more than a third and slash water bills.

New pole-mounted solar panels – 58 of them – line roadways, and a 70-foot-tall wind turbine towers over the area. A solar device, its metallic petals decked with solar panels, tracks the sun and produces electricity.

Other green upgrades aren’t as obvious. There are new, low-power LED lights for streets and paths, solar water heating in the campground bathhouse and water-saving features in rest rooms.

Recycled fly ash from coal-burning power plants is an ingredient in new pathway pavers and roof shingles.

Four charging stations for electric vehicles have been installed in a parking lot below the dam.

Even the entrance sign to the recreation area, which includes a 57-acre campground, is solar-powered so it can be illuminated at night.

The improvements are the brainchild of TVA Senior Vice President Anda Ray, and work on the project began a year ago.

Ray said it’s estimated that TVA will recoup its $500,000 investment in five to 10 years through savings.

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