Skyhawk Solar construction begins and will eventually supply Google’s Southeast data centers

Construction has begun on the Skyhawk Solar project, according to original energy and Excelsior Energy Capital. This 100 MW solar facility located in Obion County, Tennessee, will supply power to Google’s large-scale data centers in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Jackson County, Alabama.

Skyhawk Solar was developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Invest greena utility-scale solar program that combines customer renewable energy commitments with new utility-scale solar facilities to be built in the Tennessee Valley.

Origis Energy and Excelsior Energy Capital chose Wanzek Construction, Inc. to build the project. Origis Services will manage and maintain the plant. Construction can be followed here.

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. »

Google has announced its goal of running on 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 Data Center Energy. 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.”

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