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

The Tennessee Valley Authority, Origis Energy and Excelsior Energy Capital have announced the start of construction on the Skyhawk Solar project – a 100 MW solar facility in Obion County that will provide carbon-free power to Google’s hyperscale data centers in Clarksville, Tennessee and Jackson County. , Alabama.

Skyhawk Solar was developed through TVA’s Green Invest, a utility-scale solar solution that provides businesses and industry with an efficient, timely and cost-effective solar solution to aggressively achieve sustainability goals. . The program combines customer renewable energy commitments with new large-scale solar installations to be built in the Tennessee Valley.

“TVA has the cleanest power grid in the Southeast and we help attract sustainability-focused businesses that create jobs and investment in this region,” said Doug Perry, senior vice president of TVA Commercial Energy. Solutions. “We are proud to partner with Google, Origis and Excelsior to bring more solar generation to the grid for a greener region.”

Originally announced in November 2020, Skyhawk Solar is creating approximately 300 construction jobs, with additional employment for 8-10 full-time operations and maintenance employees. The solar installation is expected to be operational by the end of 2022. Origis will operate and maintain the installation.

“Skyhawk Solar is generating a cascade of economic benefits in the Obion County community,” said Johan Vanhee, Commercial and Purchasing Director of Origis Energy. “Net economic benefits include $16.9 million in estimated direct local economic benefits during construction and $30 million estimated over the life of the project. Skyhawk Solar is helping to power Google’s large investments in local data centers with clean energy. The leadership and foresight of TVA and Google to decarbonize the network is and will continue to pay off for the environment and the local economy for years to come. We look forward to serving Google and TVA alongside Skyhawk project owner Excelsior. »

Google has announced its goal of harnessing carbon-free energy 24/7 around the world by 2030. Solar projects like Skyhawk will help the company achieve this goal.

“Skyhawk Solar is an important step toward achieving Google’s 24/7 carbon-free energy goal in Tennessee and Alabama,” said Amanda Peterson Corio, global head of energy for data centers at Google. “We are excited to continue working with our partners on projects like this, which will help scale up clean energy and decarbonize power grids for the benefit of all.”

Origis Energy and Excelsior Energy Capital selected Wanzek Construction, Inc. to build the project. Origis Services will manage and maintain the plant. To follow the progress of the project, check out the Origis Energy Skyhawk Solar project page.

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