Google data center in Clarksville to get power from Yum Yum solar farm

Feb 15, 2019 | Posted by editor

  • The Yum Yum solar farm will be about 175 miles southeast of the Clarksville site.
  • The solar farm is expected to produce about 150 megawatts of clean energy.

A large solar farm in West Tennessee will provide carbon-free renewable power for tech giant Google’s data center in Clarksville. Chicago-based Invenergy is building the solar farm in Yum Yum, Tennessee, an unincorporated community in Fayette County, a few miles northeast of Memphis, but the company is not currently releasing project details, said Mary Ryan, senior manager of communications for Invenergy.

The Yum Yum solar farm, about 175 miles southeast of the Clarksville site, is expected to produce about 150 megawatts. But the total output announced Wednesday is 413 megawatts from 1.6 million solar panels, suggesting several smaller solar installations may be included.

For comparison, each of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant’s two units produces 1,150 megawatts. TVA’s Allen Fossil Plant near Memphis produces 741 total megawatts from its three units.

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