January 18 (Renewables Now) - Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has agreed to supply two new data centres in the states of Tennessee and Alabama with solar power from plants with a combined capacity of 413 MW.
The search engine giant said Wednesday it will get electricity from several new photovoltaic (PV) parks under a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), including the two “largest solar farms ever to be built for Google”. These are two parks of roughly 150 MW each in Hollywood, Alabama and Yum Yum, Tennessee.
The names of the specific projects were not disclosed, but the company mentioned NextEra Energy Resources and Invenergy as “TVA’s developer partners”.
Under the solar power deal, which involves the installation of 1.6 million PV panels, demand from Google’s data centre campuses in Tennessee and Alabama will be matched with 100% clean power from day one, the company pointed out. Google estimates that roughly 72% of its data centre electricity consumption in the two states will be matched on an hourly basis with carbon-free sources. This compares to a regional grid mix that contains 48% carbon-free power.
Google aims to use carbon-free electricity around the clock for each of its data centres.