Tennessee Valley Authority Adds 484MW of Solar Plus 50MW of Batteries

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The Tennessee Valley Authority announced this week that it has contracted for 484 megawatts of solar power in the past two months, part of its push to expand its clean energy portfolio and reduce its reliance on coal power.

The awards announced this week, which include a 200-megawatt solar plant paired with a 50-megawatt/200-megawatt-hour battery system, will increase the TVA’s share of solar generation by 44 percent.

Florida-based developer Origis Energy won two contracts, including a 100-megawatt solar farm in Obion County, Tenn., and a 200-megawatt solar system with 200 megawatt-hours of batteries in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Spanish developer OPD Energy will develop a fifth project totaling 69 megawatts in Simpson County, Kentucky.