Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - March 28, 2022
Meta Breaks Ground for 100% Renewable Energy in TN
Meta (formerly Facebook), the Tennessee Valley Authority, Jackson Energy Authority (JEA), and Silicon Ranch broke ground on a new 70-megawatt solar facility in Madison County, Tennessee.
The McKellar Solar Farm will help support Meta’s regional operations with 100% renewable energy and was originally announced in August 2020. The McKellar facility is part of TVA’s Green Invest program, which helps customers such as Meta meet their long-term sustainability goals with new utility-scale solar projects located within the Valley.
“TVA is the nexus for reliable, economical renewable energy solutions, and we have already committed $3 billion to bring more than 2,000 MW of new solar to the Valley since 2018,” said Doug Perry, TVA Senior Vice President, Commercial Energy Solutions in a statement. “This public-private partnership with Meta and Silicon Ranch demonstrates the strength of TVA’s community energy model to attract capital investment and high-quality jobs into the communities we serve while helping businesses meet their sustainability goals."
Nashville-based Silicon Ranch will fund, own, operate, and maintain the McKellar Solar Farm and expects to invest upwards of $90 million to construct the facility.
Construction of the facility is expected to be completed before the end of 2022, with interconnection to the TVA grid facilitated by the JEA distribution system.