The new I-40 Solar Farm Information & Welcome Center will be built within the existing West Tennessee Solar Farm, located two miles east of exit 42 on the north side of I-40 in Haywood County near Brownsville, Tennessee. The center will be a one-story structure of approximately 10,000 sf. of Interior space that will feature an interactive exhibit space.
The building is divided into four functional parts: the Visitor Center with a reception lobby, brochure/exhibit room, restrooms, offices and storage; the Information Center containing the UT Solar Farm Foundation renewable energy exhibit; the Vending Building with vending machines and storage; and the large covered picnic area.
The architectural design concept for the Information & Welcome Center is derived partly from TDOT’s prototype design for Welcome Centers and partly from a site-specific response to the aesthetics of the solar farm environment.