Ørsted powers up 227-MW Muscle Shoals solar park in Alabama

The Muscle Shoals solar park in Alabama. Image by: Ørsted A/S.

September 21 (Renewables Now) - Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has put on stream the 227-MW Muscle Shoals solar photovoltaic (PV) park in Alabama, the Danish pure-play renewables company said on Monday.

Located in Colbert County, the complex consists of 670,000 PV panels that will be generating electricity for a new data centre that Facebook Inc recently opened in Huntsville, Alabama. The social media giant will procure the power via a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with federally-owned electric utility Tennessee Value Authority (TVA).

The solar park is equipped with Frist Solar’s Series 6 modules.

Including Muscle Shoals, Ørsted now has 647 MW of solar PV capacity in operation, the company noted. The Danish firm bought the Muscle Shoals scheme last year, when it was at financial closing, from developer Longroad Energy.

"The acquisition and completion of Muscle Shoals represents the continued successful execution of our expansion strategy in which we seek to complement our core market greenfield development activities with opportunistic acquisitions in new markets to diversify our portfolio," said Vishal Kapadia, chief commercial officer of Ørsted's Onshore business.

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