Ørsted complete solar project to support Facebook data centre

Ørsted has expanded its solar footprint across the US with the completion of the Muscle Shoals solar PV project in Colbert County, Alabama. Located in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service area, this new project will support the sustainability goals of Facebook’s data centre in Huntsville, Alabama that just started operations.

“We are very excited to add to our high-quality, diverse customer base through this long-term partnership with TVA and Facebook,” Vishal Kapadia, chief commercial officer for onshore business at Ørsted, said. “The acquisition and completion of Muscle Shoals represent the continued successful execution of our expansion strategy in which we seek to complement our core market greenfield development activities with opportunistic acquisitions in new markets to diversify our portfolio.”

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

Since 2005, the TVA area has managed to reduce carbon emissions by 63 per cent. With a variety of initiatives, including long-term customer partnerships for Green Invest projects, the utility plans to reduce that number to 70 per cent by 2030, 80 per cent by 2035, and to achieve net-zero emission generation by 2050.

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