Google is not an unfamiliar name to anyone. The most used search engine has now become one of the most recognized names for some of the best phones and applications (among other things) in the world. Their next major project: energy storage. Google is partnering with an unlikely enterprise to enter a completely new industry – renewable solar energy through the Yum Yum Project.
What is the Yum Yum Project?
The Yum Yum Project is a partnership between Google and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in a town called Yum Yum in Fayette County, Tennessee. The project itself aims to develop a 2,649-acre photovoltaic (PV) site, which, if approved and completed, would run Google’s massive new data centers in Tennessee and northern Alabama completely on solar energy.
The TVA has entered into a preliminary power purchase agreement (PPA) with Yum Yum Solar, LLC to acquire the power produced there. However, the draft environmental assessment currently has two alternatives: 1) the TVA enacts the 20-year PPA or 2) the TVA does not. Falling on two extremes, the TVA has turned to the public to help make the right decision.
Google and Solar Energy: A Bright Partnership
Reports claim that the proposed solar farms in Alabama and Tennessee could total close to 300 MW generating capacity and include about 1.6 million solar PV panels. This means that they could theoretically offset the energy used to power Google’s new data centers. This would be a huge win for Google and its overall carbon footprint, as well as for the regions otherwise polluted by the fossil fuels to power Google facilities.
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