Muscle Shoals solar project in Alabama officially online for Facebook data center

Ørsted has the 294-MW. completedDC/227-MWAC Muscle Shoals solar PV project in Colbert County, Alabama. Located in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service area, the project has a long-term PPA with TVA. This new project supports the sustainability goals of Facebook’s data center in Huntsville, Alabama, which has just started.

“We are very excited to expand our high-value, diverse customer base through this long-standing partnership with TVA and Facebook,” said Vishal Kapadia, Chief Commercial Officer of Ørsted’s Onshore business. “The acquisition and completion of Muscle Shoals represents the continued successful execution of our expansion strategy in which we seek to complement our core greenfield development activities in the core market with opportunistic acquisitions in new markets to diversify our portfolio.”

“This solar farm is a historic moment in TVA history,” said Doug Perry, Senior Vice President, TVA Commercial Energy Solutions. “It is the first Green Invest project to come online and demonstrates the value of TVA’s focus on cleaner energy. Green Invest helps us build the clean, low-cost energy system of the future that is essential to achieve our environmental goals and compete for jobs in the new clean economy.”

Through a variety of initiatives, including long-term client partnerships for Green Invest projects, the TVA plans to reduce its CO2 emissions to 70% by 2030, 80% by 2035, and to achieve net-zero emissions production by 2050 .

Ørsted acquired Muscle Shoals from Longroad Energy in 2020 and has 1.4 GW of solar and storage capacity in service and under construction. The company is a leader in global wind engineering.

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