Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Pinnacle at Turkey Creek Unveils Solar-Powered Charging Station

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VendoMax’s Solar Z is the first of its kind in the state.

“We wanted to find another way to support the environment, and working with Pinnacle on the Solar Z initiative was the perfect opportunity. It’s going to be a great place and a great thing for our Members and the community.”

Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union unveiled its new Solar Z—the first of its kind in Tennessee—on Friday, so now Turkey Creek shoppers have a place to rest and recharge their mobile devices.

The Solar Z is 100 percent powered by solar energy and the product of an ongoing partnership between Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union and Pinnacle at Turkey Creek. In the past year, the Credit Union and Pinnacle have joined efforts to raise more than $30,000 for local charities, per Pinnacle at Turkey Creek Marketing Manager Kristen Bridgers.

“Through events such as Taste of Turkey Creek, Light It Up, Fido Fest and Sounds of Spring, we raise money for Knoxville charities, such as Young Williams Animal Shelter, Pat Summitt Foundation and Mission of Hope,” Bridgers said.

According to Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union President and CEO Glenn Siler, the Credit Union was excited to discover another way to give back to the community.

“To date, we’ve recycled 968,000 tons of paper, saving 8,300 trees,” Siler said. “We wanted to find another way to support the environment, and working with Pinnacle on the Solar Z initiative was the perfect opportunity. It’s going to be a great place and a great thing for our Members and the community.”

The Solar Z was manufactured by VendoMax, a Chattanooga-based company that produces innovative, solar-powered sustainable equipment.

“Our products are totally off the grid,” VendoMax President Rob Creswell said. “We’re so happy to be working with ... Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union to further green initiatives—we just really appreciate the opportunity.”

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About Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union is a not-for-profit, Member-owned and locally operated financial institution existing to serve the financial needs of the community. With 20 locations across East Tennessee, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union serves more than 167,000 members. The Credit Union helps Members grow financially by offering a variety of accounts, including checking, savings and investments. The Credit Union also offers competitive loan rates on new and used auto and recreational vehicles, mortgages, personal loans and credit cards. In 2016, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union celebrated 82 years of serving East Tennessee.

About the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek
Developed in 2006 and completed in 2008, the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek is a regional outdoor fashion center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Managed and leased by Bayer Properties, LLC, this 659,000-square-foot center features more than 70 stores and restaurants, including Belk, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Flemings, Bonefish Grill and Tennessee’s top-grossing theater, Pinnacle Regal Cinema 18. The Pinnacle is located just west of the intersection of I-40 and I-75 along Parkside Drive. For more information about the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, visit pinnacleatturkeycreek.com.

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