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The Tennessee Valley Authority confirmed that the new 100-megawatt solar facility in Obion County, Tennessee, will supply carbon-free energy to Google’s data centers in Clarksville, TennHollywood, Alabama.
Florida-based solar developer Origis Energy is using TVA’s nationally recognized Green Invest program to develop the solar farm.
The Green Invest program helps customers like Google meet their long-term sustainability goals with new renewable energy projects. In the past two years, Green Invest has generated $1.4 billion in economic activity in TVA’s service area.
“TVA’s Green Invest can deliver clean, reliable renewable energy at a competitive price – stimulating growth across our seven-state region and giving our region a competive advantage through public power,” said Chris Hansen, TVA vice president, Origination and Renewables.
Through a long-term power purchase agreement, Origis Energy will own and operate the plant, using industry leading land stewardship techniques. The project will create more than 300 construction jobs, with additional employment for 8-10 full-time operations and maintenance staff. Origis plans to have the solar facility operational by the end of 2022, pending environmental reviews.
“This Tennessee solar milestone is another demonstration of the success of TVA’s Green Invest partnership,” said Johan Vanhee, Origis Energy chief commercial officer and chief procurement officer. “Such utility innovations are helping Google reach its aim to be the first major company to operate carbon free by 2030. We are very pleased to add 100 megawatts to this goal while contributing to the economic development of Obion County.”
To power the data centers, Google had already purchased a total of 266 megawatts of power generated by multiple solar farms linked into the TVA electric grid.
“Google is the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy and our goal is ,” said Reid Spolek, with Data Center Energy Strategy at Google. “ with TVA and Origis through Green Invest.
The announcement comes on the heels of four other major Green Invest deals TVA completed this year: General Motors, Vanderbilt University, Knoxville Utilities Board and Facebook.
“TVA is a job creator, and we are looking for creative ways to use our solar programs to bring high-paying jobs to the communities we serve,” said Hansen. “By integrating public-private partnerships with clean energy, we can make our region the premier destination for businesses that want to achieve their sustainability goals,” said Hansen.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land
management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.