Google Commits to Purchase TVA Solar Power in Alabama, Tennessee

Jan 18, 2019

Internet giant Google plans to buy renewable power from Alabama and Tennessee solar farms under a new deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Google announced Wednesday that it will buy 413 megawatts of electrical output from 1.6 million solar panels at several new solar farms in both Alabama and Tennessee, the combined size of 65,000 home rooftop systems.

The two largest solar farms will be able to produce about 150 megawatts each. Those will be located in Hollywood, Alabama, and in Yum Yum, Tennessee.

Google is currently building data centers in Jackson County, Alabama, and in Clarksville, Tennessee. The company plans to match 72 percent of the facilities' hourly electricity use with carbon-free sources, supporting its goal of sourcing carbon-free electricity around the clock.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says this deal shows the federal utility's renewable energy efforts help it attract and retain top-tier companies.