Tennessee's largest solar farm now operational at Millington Naval Facility
The innovative project is the result of a unique public-private partnership that brought together the City of Millington, the U.S. Navy, Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Silicon Ranch Corporation with a shared vision to support the local community and the naval base.
Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of America's largest independent solar power producers, employed more than 300 people to construct the 53 megawatt (MWAC) facility and will provide reliable, resilient power to the NSA Mid-South and TVA at cost-competitive rates for the next twenty years.
As part of the unique partnership, Silicon Ranch signed a long-term lease with the U.S. Navy for 72 acres of base land and purchased an adjacent 348 acres from the Millington Industrial Development Board (MIDB).
While the majority of the solar array is located on the adjacent private land, the naval installation received a brand new alternative electrical feed that will increase energy security and resilience at NSA Mid-South.
This feature enables the installation's more than 6,500 personnel to focus on their mission at the Navy's Human Resources Center of Excellence.
The project also illustrates the value of divesting Navy land that isn't crucial to an installation's mission and could be redeveloped through partnerships to benefit the Navy and the surrounding community. ■