COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Tennessee Valley Authority values public input and is launching a process to hear from the community on a draft Environmental Assessment for a proposed solar project in Lowndes County. This project underscores the agency’s efforts to create a clean, carbon-free energy future.
The Golden Triangle II Solar Project Environmental Assessment is available for 30-day public review and comment period at tva.com/nepa.
To promote job creation across the region and achieve its 10,000-megawatt solar goal by 2035, TVA has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with MS Solar 6, LLC for the energy generated by the proposed Golden Triangle Solar II Project. The project’s solar generating capacity is up to 150 megawatts and includes 50 megawatts of battery storage. MS Solar 6, LLC would construct and operate the proposed solar facility. The entire 150-megawatt output from the solar facility would be sold to TVA under the terms of the PPA.
The draft assessment includes two alternatives: a No Action Alternative and an Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, TVA would not purchase the power generated by the project under the 20-year PPA with MS Solar 6, LLC, and TVA would not be involved with the project. Under the Proposed Action Alternative, MS Solar 6, LLC would construct and operate a 150-megawatt solar facility with 50-megawatt battery storage. MS Solar 6, LLC would enter into long-term leases on 1,524 acres of land on six individual parcels along the southeastern town limits of Artesia, Miss.
The public comment period begins today and ends on March 20. Comments can be submitted online at tva.com/nepa, by email to [email protected], and by mail in writing to Tennessee Valley Authority, ATTN: J. Taylor Johnson, NEPA Specialist, 400 W Summit Hill Dr., WT 11-B, Knoxville, TN 37902.
Please note that all comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and available for public inspection.For more information about TVA and its 88-year mission of service to the Tennessee Valley, click here.