720-MW Southeast solar portfolio to power Meta data facilities

Dec 16, 2022 01:31 PM ET
  • Facebook parent company Meta is commissioning seven new solar projects in Georgia and also Tennessee totaling 720 MWAC to support its regional operations with renewable energy.

Silicon Ranch, an independent power manufacturer, is partnering with Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to supply renewable power to serve Meta's information facilities in Georgia and the Tennessee Valley. As part of the agreements, Silicon Ranch will certainly fund, construct, have, operate and maintain the solar facilities over the life of each of the 7 projects, bringing financial investment to rural communities throughout the region.

Silicon Ranch will build three solar projects completing 560 MWAC in Georgia, and Walton EMC will certainly promote providing Meta with power from the arrays. The three projects are anticipated to be finished in each of the next 3 years.

In Addition, Silicon Ranch will certainly develop four projects completing 160 MWAC under TVA's Green Invest program in the Tennessee Valley. Silicon Ranch will certainly partner with TVA and also regional power companies to supply all four projects in 2024 to support Meta's operations in Tennessee and also Alabama.

In addition, the 125-MWAC DeSoto I Solar Farm in Lee Area, Georgia, and also the 70-MWAC McKellar Solar Farm in Madison County, Tennessee, are nearing completion. These projects are likewise supporting Meta's procedures in those areas.

" We take pride in the work we have actually performed with Walton EMC and TVA to accelerate the shift to renewables in Georgia and also the Tennessee Valley," stated Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Resource at Meta. "As we continue to support our international procedures with 100% renewable energy, we are pleased to broaden our partnership with Silicon Ranch, a trusted partner that shares our commitment to have a positive effect on the communities where we situate."

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