Energy Projects

Sustainability Director

Brian Blackmon
(865) 215-4430

400 Main St., Room 598
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Whether at municipal facilities or in individual homes and businesses, wasting energy means wasting money. Because much of our energy comes from fossil fuels, wasting energy also creates unnecessary negative impact on the environment. To meet our sustainability goals and avoid unnecessary energy expenditures, the City has aggressively pursued energy efficiency projects and supported deployment of renewable energy systems. Initiatives such as our Solar America Cities program, our Energy Services Performance Contract, and several energy efficiency projects funded by Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant dollars have helped the City save energy and promote cleaner and more efficient energy consumption in the community. The Office of Sustainability champions efforts to reduce energy waste in city facilities, advance clean energy, and promote policies and programs that save energy and money by improving the efficiency of local buildings. A key priority is leading the Smarter Cities Partnership, to improve the comfort, quality, and affordability of Knoxville’s housing stock through energy efficiency. 

Smarter Cities Partnership 

Since mid-2013, the Knoxville Smarter Cities Partnership has brought together dozens of community groups and citizens in discussions about how to help lower income residents improve the comfort, quality, and affordability of their homes through energy efficiency.  Click here to learn more about the Smarter Cities Partnership.

LED Street Light Retrofit Project

The City is in the process of procuring a turn-key contract that includes all three phases of the scope of work for the street light project.  To read the full details of this project and learn about the financial savings and environmental impacts please visit our LED Street Light Retrofit page.

Municipal Energy Use Information

You can learn more about the City's efforts to reduce energy consumption in municipal buildings through it's Better Buildings Challenge page.  Click here to learn more.

Residential Energy Programs

Savings in the House
Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover

Commercial Energy Programs

Commercial Retrofit Lending
Commercial Energy Efficiency Program