Construction begins on 100-MW solar project for Google data centers in Tennessee Valley

Jul 27, 2022 05:52 PM ET
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority, Origis Energy and Excelsior Energy Capital revealed that construction has actually started on the Skyhawk Solar project-- a 100-MW solar facility in Obion County that will supply carbon-free energy to Google's hyperscale data centers in Clarksville, Tennessee and Jackson County, Alabama.
Construction begins on 100-MW solar project for Google data centers in Tennessee Valley

Skyhawk Solar was established through TVA's Green Invest, a utility-scale solar option that offers service and industry an effective, prompt and cost-competitive solar solution to boldy fulfill sustainability goals. The program matches customer-driven commitments for renewable resource with new utility-scale solar facilities to be created in the Tennessee Valley.

" TVA has the cleanest power system in the southeast and we are aiding draw in sustainability-focused firms that bring jobs and investments to this region," claimed Doug Perry, elderly VP of TVA Commercial Energy Solutions. "We are proud to collaborate with Google, Origis and Excelsior to bring even more solar generation on the grid for a greener region."

At first introduced in November 2020, Skyhawk Solar develops an estimated 300 construction jobs, with extra employment for 8-10 full-time procedures and upkeep staff. The solar facility is predicted to be functional by the end of 2022. Origis will certainly run and preserve the facility.

" Skyhawk Solar is creating a waterfall of economic benefits in the Obion County community," claimed Johan Vanhee, Origis Energy's chief commercial and procurement officer. "The net economic benefits include $16.9 million in approximated straight local economic benefits throughout construction and $30 million approximated over the life of the project. Skyhawk Solar aids power Google's substantial local data center financial investments with clean energy. The management and insight of TVA and Google to decarbonize the grid is and will certainly continue to pay dividends for the atmosphere and local economy for several years to find. We expect offering Google and TVA along with the Skyhawk project owner Excelsior."

Google has actually revealed a goal to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy around the world by 2030. Solar projects like Skyhawk will assist the firm as it works toward conference this goal.

" Skyhawk Solar is a crucial step in the direction of accomplishing Google's 24/7 carbon-free energy goal in Tennessee and Alabama," stated Amanda Peterson Corio, worldwide head of data center energy at Google. "We're excited to proceed collaborating with our companions on projects like this, which will certainly assist expand clean energy and decarbonize electrical energy grids to benefit all."

Origis Energy and Excelsior Energy Capital have actually picked Wanzek Construction, Inc. to construct the project. Origis Services will certainly take care of and maintain the plant. To track the project's advancement, see the Origis Energy Skyhawk Solar project page.

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