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

The Tennessee Valley Authority and Facebook announced on Wednesday that the social media giant and public power provider will 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 supply a Facebook data center in Gallatin, the companies said in a news release. Of its 150 megawatts, 110 will be used by Facebook. The other 40 will flow into TVA’s larger electrical system, which serves parts of seven states and includes Memphis. 

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. 

“Bringing clean energy to Shelby County is part of our long-term community plan, and is critical to support our region’s sustainability strategy,” said Doug Perry, TVA senior vice president, Commercial Energy Solutions, said in a statement. “This project is more than a solar farm, it puts people to work, revitalizes communities, and makes our region an environmental leader.”

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