Knoxville, Tenn., Site Selected as First Metro Primary Data Center Site
The Tennessee Valley Authority and Deloitte Consulting have approved TVA’s first metro-area primary data center site in the Corridor Park in Knoxville. To be considered a metro site, the location must have at least 10 acres, a minimum of 5 megawatts of power capacity and diverse fiber-optic feeds available.
TVA hired Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting to identify and evaluate locations for data centers in the seven-state TVA service area. Deloitte’s study found the 10.6- acre site in Knoxville is readily accessible, has a strong telecommunications infrastructure and availability of reliable electricity ─ all criteria for a primary site for a data center company.
“We are glad to work with the Knoxville Chamber, local utilities and other community, state and regional leaders to actively market these sites to companies as part of our global economic development recruitment efforts,” says John Bradley, senior vice president for economic development, TVA. The TVA is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.
“I look forward to touting the advantages of the Knoxville site to intensive capital investment and high-wage prospective data center end users,” says Doug Lawyer, vice president of economic development, Knoxville Chamber. “Thanks to TVA and my local utility and development partners for helping us along in this process.”
Knoxville is one of only 20 available data center sites designated as “primary ready for development” in the TVA service area.
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Compiled from TVA press release.