Google plans to install 1.6 million solar panels in Tennessee to power its new data center campuses in the Southeastern U.S.
Currently, hundreds of engineers, electricians and construction workers are building two new, energy-efficient Google data center campuses in Tennessee and in northern Alabama. Gogole is also also putting more carbon-free energy on the electric grid that will power its servers in the region. In the coming years, Google plans to purchase the output of several new solar farms as part of a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), totaling 413 megawatts of power from 1.6 million solar panels—that’s equivalent to the combined size of 65,000 home rooftop solar systems.
Located in Hollywood, Alabama and Yum Yum, Tennessee, the two biggest solar farms will be able to produce around 150 megawatts each. These solar sites will be the largest solar farms ever to be built for Google. The electricity generated by these new farms will be enough topower Google's new data centers.
Last year, Google shared a long-term objective to source carbon-free electricity around the clock for each of its data centers. These new solar projects will bring us substantially closer to that goal in the Southeastern U.S.