Unfinished nuclear plant gets recharged as a solar farm

By Kelsey Misbrener Phipps Bend solar project. Photo courtesy of BirdsEye Renewable Energy.
The ambitious Phipps Bend nuclear power plant in Hawkins County, Tennessee, sat unfinished and largely unused since construction halted in 1981 (check out photos of the abandoned plant here, and a drone’s eye view of it here). The project was supposed to revitalize the area and energize the entire area of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), but due to economic factors—falling energy demand and increased costs of nuclear plants, according to the Kingsport Times-News—the TVA laid off workers and halted construction.
According to the Washington Post, “Most of the 18 nuclear projects

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