Opdenergy expects the project to reach commercial operations in the third quarter of 2022, it said in a May 4 press release. The facility will provide enough electricity to power 17,000 homes and offset 90,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which will be allocated to VAT commercial activities from the second half of 2021. TVA also announced a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 200 MW solar site in Lowndes County, MS, and 35 MW of this capacity will also support the purchase of Kub Green Invest. Spanish electricity producer Opdenergy SA has secured the production of a 90 MW photovoltaic installation project in Kentucky under a long-term aerating contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority. For the first time in its 87-year history, the Tennessee Valley Authority could soon allow local energy companies that distribute their powers to produce or purchase electricity on their own. TVA has signed an agreement for electricity by Spanish solarpark developers in Kentucky It also follows agreements from Gulf Power and Southern Company subsidiaries Georgia Power and Alabama Power for Oklahoma wind power. For the first time in its 87-year history, the Tennessee Valley Authority allows municipal plants and cooperatives that distribute VAT electricity to generate up to 5% of their own electricity and sell it directly to their customers. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced that First Solar and Origis Energy would develop 212 MW of solar power to obtain the commitment of the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) in March 2020. KUB uses the TVA Green Invest programme to achieve this goal. According to a set of principles approved Thursday by VAT managers, the federal government will give more flexibility to the 154 municipalities and energy cooperatives that buy their power and sign new long-term contracts with the federal energy supplier. TVA will give its distributors the right to buy or produce up to 5% of their energy (or 1 megawatt for small distributors) from sources other than VAT.
Perry said some local power companies have told TVA in recent years that they have lost electricity consumers because they cannot offer the flexibility they demanded under the all-purchase contracts that TVA previously had with its distributors. Perry said THE VAT was already talking to a dozen local energy suppliers about possible new energy sources distributed. THE Director of TVA A.D. Frazier, chairman of the Finance, Tariffs and Portfolio Committee of LA TVA, said that the new flexible conditions will allow local energy companies, such as EPB, to develop and own their own solar, wind or other renewable generation in order to meet the growing demand from electricity consumers for different energy options.