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Google to purchase over 400 MW of solar for Southeast US data centers

Google LLC entered into an agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority to purchase 413 MW of solar-generated electricity for two new data centers in the Southeast U.S.

Google said in a blog post that the two largest solar facilities will be about 150 MW each: one in Hollywood, Ala., in Jackson County, and one in Yum Yum, Tenn., in Fayette County. Google named NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources LLC and Invenergy LLC the TVA's development partners.

Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., is building one data center in Clarksville and Montgomery counties, Tenn., and the other Jackson County, Ala. It said the solar-generated power will come from 1.6 million solar panels, the equivalent of 65,000 residential solar systems.

Companies such as Google have insisted on energy from renewable resources for facilities such as data centers, and Google itself previously worked with the TVA for a supply of renewable energy for a data center in Clarksville, Tenn. In 2018, the TVA agreed to supply Facebook Inc. with solar-generated power for a data center the company is building in Huntsville, Ala.