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TVA Announces Second Solar Partnership in Lowndes County

03/04/2021

Golden Triangle, Mississippi – The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Origis Energy announced a $150 million investment in their second solar energy project in Lowndes County, Mississippi today. Intended to serve Facebook’s two data centers in TVA territory, the project includes 150-megawatts of solar generation and 50-megawatts of battery storage.

 

Origis, through a long-term power purchase agreement with TVA that was signed on Facebook’s behalf, will own and operate the plant using industry-leading land stewardship techniques. The project is projected to create more than 250 construction jobs, with additional employment for 3-5 full-time operations and maintenance staff. Origis will complete the facility in late 2023, pending environmental reviews. 

 

“This is our second utility-scale solar facility in Mississippi with TVA, and it demonstrates the success of Green Invest in connecting local communities, private business and public power through renewable energy,” said Johan Vanhee, Origis Energy chief commercial officer and chief procurement officer. “We are excited to use TVA’s innovative program to contribute to economic activity in Lowndes County while helping Facebook achieve its carbon reduction goals.”  

 

The project will locate on property that Origis acquired in 2019 for the first phase of their solar developments in the Golden Triangle Global Industrial Aerospace Park. Since that announcement, the GTR LINK and Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority have been working with Origis on implementation, identifying easements, electrical substation locations and interconnections with TVA's system.

 

“These projects offer a unique benefit for our communities,” said Joe Max Higgins, Jr., CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK. “They offer a great use of the property that would otherwise be less than ideal for other types of development, and generate a tremendous amount of tax revenue for counties and schools with no investment from the community.”

 

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors issued a Resolution of Intent to grant a Fee in Lieu abatement on the initial Origis project. The LINK anticipates that this additional expansion and investment will be included in that agreement. 

 

“We’re obviously excited about the capital investment in our county and county schools,” said Trip Hairston, President of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors. “In addition to that, TVA’s Green Invest program is helping to equip Lowndes County to attract the next generation of employers to our area.”

 

To read the TVA release, visit https://www.tva.com/newsroom/press-releases/tva-facebook-sign-another-green-invest-solar-deal 

 

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About the GTR LINK:

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is the nationally-recognized, regional economic development organization for Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. Located in northeast Mississippi, the GTR LINK’s current record of investment totals $7 billion and nearly 7,500 jobs.

 



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