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 Posted May 24, 2021

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,4,9"}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.”

Urvi Parekh, head of Renewable Energy at Facebook, said,“This solar project, which is our third in Tennessee, will help us continue our commitment of 100% renewable energy for our global operations, while also bringing new investment and jobs to the local community.”

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