Silicon Ranch Corporation recently reached agreement with Volkswagen Group of America's Chattanooga, Tennessee Operations to install, own and operate the Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park, a 9.5 megawatt photovoltaic solar system that supplies 13.5 gigawatts hours of electricity annually to VW’s assembly plant. The plant is the first and only LEED® Platinum automotive manufacturing plant in the world to be LEED® Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Silicon Ranch Corporation ("Silicon Ranch") develops and operates commercial and large scale solar facilities. Silicon Ranch is distinguished from other developers by its ability to deliver a green energy solution that addresses the environmental, business and work force issues associated with successfully expanding solar capacity and green jobs. Silicon Ranch has gained prominence as a low cost producer of solar energy by focusing on creating efficiencies through every step of the deployment process thereby increasing capital investments in clean energy.
Governor Phil Bredesen - ChairmanPhil Bredesen served as Tennessee's 48th Governor from Jan.18, 2003 to Jan. 15, 2011. Bredesen's successful tenure as governor was marked by significant contributions to the state in the areas of economic development, education and prudent fiscal policy. Bredesen took office promising to seek a "third way" in Tennessee politics, one which left partisanship behind and focused on achieving real results for families. In November 2006, he was re-elected in a landslide victory - becoming the first governor to carry all 95 counties in Tennessee. Before serving as Tennessee's governor, Bredesen served as mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999, working with community leaders to chart a course that made Music City U.S.A. one of the best places in America to live, work and raise a family.
Prior to entering public service, Bredesen worked in the health care industry. Between research trips to the public library, he drafted a business plan at his kitchen table that led to the creation in 1980 of HealthAmerica Corp., a Nashville-based health care management company that eventually grew to more than 6,000 employees and was traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The company was sold in 1986. Additionally, Bredesen is considered a serial entrepreneur having helped start and mentor several successful companies.
He grew up in rural Shortsville, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University. He and his wife, Andrea Conte, moved to Nashville in 1975. Bredesen is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a licensed pilot and enjoys painting as a hobby. Bredesen and Conte live in Nashville and have one son, Ben.
Matthew H. Kisber - President & CEO615-577-4606-office
Matt Kisber is the President and CEO of Silicon Ranch Corporation. Previously, Kisber served as the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). Appointed Jan. 18, 2003 through Jan. 15, 2011, Commissioner Kisber led Tennessee's efforts that resulted in three $1 billion dollar projects within a one-year timeframe: polycrystalline silicon manufacturers Hemlock in Clarksville, Wacker Chemie in Cleveland and Japanese automaker Nissan's electric vehicle battery operation in Smyrna.
Under Commissioner Kisber's leadership at ECD, more than 50 corporate headquarters located in Tennessee, including Nissan North America, International Paper, Louisiana Pacific, Clarcor, Service Master, Asurion and others. During his term as commissioner, Tennessee saw more than $33 billion in new capital investment and more than 200,000 new jobs. Also, Tennessee consistently ranked among the top five states in the U.S. for business investment, according to top industry magazines like Site Selection, Expansion Management, Area Development, Southern Business and Development and others. In 2008, Site Selection named Tennessee the most competitive state in the nation for economic development.
The Tennessee Economic Development Council recognized Kisber's accomplishments in economic development when they awarded him the Fred H. Harris Economic Development Professional of the Year.
In 2009, Kisber was also recognized as a "Champion of Small Business" by The National Coalition for Capital Formation and Southern Business & Development Magazine named Kisber to its 2009 "Ten People Who Made A Difference" list.
Prior to joining the Bredesen Cabinet, Kisber served 10 consecutive terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives, including as chairman of the powerful House Finance, Ways and Means committee, which holds responsibility for the state budget. In the private sector, Kisber was vice president of business development for First Tennessee Bank.
Kisber serves on the board of directors of the Adventure Science Center and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
Kisber received his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville. He is married to Paige Kisber and they have two children.
Reagan Farr - Vice-Chairman & COO615-577-4609-office
Farr was appointed commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue by Governor Phil Bredesen on Jan. 20, 2007 and served until Sept. 1, 2010. In 2003, Farr joined the Department of Revenue as assistant commissioner for tax administration with responsibility for the Audit, Legal and Taxpayer Services Divisions. In 2004, he was promoted to deputy commissioner, a role in which he served as the department's primary legislative liaison and tax policy coordinator. Prior to joining Revenue, he was with Ernst & Young where he practiced in the state and local tax arena. Previously, he served on the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators and the State Board of Equalization. As an integral member of Governor Bredesen's Jobs Cabinet, Farr worked closely with the department of Economic and Community Development to recruit new investment and support existing industry in Tennessee. Southern Business & Development Magazine recognized Farr's role in economic development when he was named along with Governor Bredesen and Matt Kisber to its 2009 "Ten People Who Made A Difference" list.
In 2009, Farr was also recognized as a "Champion of Small Business" by The National Coalition for Capital for his work on developing and implementing the TNInvestco program and as the 2010 Fred H. Harris Economic Development Council Professional of the Year. In addition, the National Council of State Housing Agencies recognized the Department of Revenue under Farr's tenure for its partnership with THDA in administering the Community Investment Tax Credit. The legislation, crafted by Commissioner Farr, was recognized for its innovation and creativity in engaging the private sector in promoting affordable housing in Tennessee.
Farr earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a bachelor's degree in economics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. Also, Farr spent two years studying postgraduate statistics and econometric price forecasting modeling on an honors fellowship at LSU prior to attending law school.
Farr is an active member of the Nashville Wealth Building Alliance and the Woodbine Community Organization. He volunteers annually for the IRS Vita campaign, which offers free tax preparation to low income workers and their families and serves on the Nashville Zoo Board of Directors. Farr is married to Jessica LeVeen Farr and they are the very proud parents of two children.