Tennessee Valley Authority, Facebook partner on solar farm in Millington – Commercial Appeal

The Tennessee Valley Authority and Facebook announced on Wednesday that the social media giant and public power provider will partner and build a 150-megawatt solar farm in Millington. 

A 150-megawatt solar farm will be built on 1,200 to 1,400 acres in Millington. The farm's electricity will largely serve a Facebook data center in Gallatin. The pictured farm is on the south side of Walnut Grove at Shelby Farms Park.

The solar farm will largely offset the electric demand of a Facebook data center in Gallatin, the companies said in a news release. Of its 150 megawatts, 110 will be accounted for by Facebook.

It is nearly impossible to track which electrons flowing across TVA’s seven-state footprint will actually power the Facebook data center, but the new farm allows the California-based company to say that it is not adding new carbon-burning electricity to TVA’s grid. 

The project will take up somewhere between 1,200 and 1,400 acres, the companies said. Both Facebook and TVA touted the development as part of their respective efforts to rely less on carbon-based fuels for electricity. 

May 19, 2021 susan ward