Facebook parent company Meta is commissioning seven new solar projects in Georgia and Tennessee totaling 720 MWAC to support its regional operations with renewable energy.
Silicon Ranch, an independent power producer, is partnering with Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to supply renewable power to serve Meta’s data centers in Georgia and the Tennessee Valley. As part of the agreements, Silicon Ranch will fund, build, own, operate and maintain the solar facilities over the life of each of the seven projects, bringing investment to rural communities throughout the region.
Silicon Ranch will build three solar projects totaling 560 MWAC in Georgia, and Walton EMC will facilitate supplying Meta with power from the arrays. The three projects are expected to be completed in each of the next three years.
Additionally, Silicon Ranch will build four projects totaling 160 MWAC under TVA’s Green Invest program in the Tennessee Valley. Silicon Ranch will partner with TVA and local power companies to deliver all four projects in 2024 to support Meta’s operations in Tennessee and Alabama.
Additionally, the 125-MWAC DeSoto I Solar Farm in Lee County, Georgia, and the 70-MWAC McKellar Solar Farm in Madison County, Tennessee, are nearing completion. These projects are also supporting Meta’s operations in those regions.
“We are proud of the work we have done with Walton EMC and TVA to accelerate the transition to renewables in Georgia and the Tennessee Valley,” said Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at Meta. “As we continue to support our global operations with 100% renewable energy, we are pleased to expand our partnership with Silicon Ranch, a trusted partner who shares our commitment to have a positive impact on the communities where we locate.”
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