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Partnership Provides 20 MW of Solar Power for Jack Daniel's Distillery

April 20, 2021
The partnership will provide the iconic Tennessee whiskey maker's Lynchburg distillery with 20 MW of solar energy.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently announced that it has partnered with Jack Daniel's, along with Duck River Electric Membership Corporation and Nashville-based solar power producer Silicon Ranch, to provide the iconic Tennessee whiskey maker's Lynchburg distillery with 20 megawatts (MW) of solar energy.

TVA signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Silicon Ranch to build, own and operate the solar facility just a few miles from the distillery, located in Moore County, pending environmental reviews.

This Middle-Tennessee solar project will help advance TVA's Green Invest program, which has already secured solar farms to help meet the renewable energy goals of auto manufacturers, data centers, local power companies, cities and universities. 

"Our commitment to making great whiskey is only matched by our commitment to preserving the world we call home through sustainable practices," said Jack Daniel's Vice President and Assistant General Manager Melvin Keebler in the press release. "We're excited to be the first distillery to sign a Green Invest deal that will provide nearly three-quarters of our electricity needs. Now the world's most iconic whiskey is even greener." 

Jack Daniel's runs its distillery with a zero-waste to landfill policy and has programs to protect the water and wood used to make its whiskey. 

"This announcement demonstrates the environmental leadership of Jack Daniel's and Duck River, fueled by our shared long-term commitment to renewable energy and community engagement," added Chris Hansen, TVA vice president, Origination and Renewables. "TVA's Green Invest program is the nexus for any organization interested in making renewable energy a part of their business." 

For more information on this partnership, read the original release