It seems like Florida solar farms are popping up everywhere in the Sunshine State. And for good reason, too. With the growing interest in renewable energy, plus all the sunlight, it makes sense that people are embracing solar. And it’s not just residents- now utility companies are getting into the spirit of clean energy as well.
Duke Energy, one of the larger electric companies for Florida, is pioneering the solar front. They have announced that it will be installing three separate utility scale solar farms to help diversify their energy mix. This is part of Duke Energy Florida’s plan to generate roughly 700 MW of electricity from renewable energy. Specifically, through large scale, solar power plants. They plan to invest an estimated $1 billion to either construct or purchase solar power facilities. Wow, way to go Florida!
These Florida solar farms will give Duke Energy customers power from a renewable energy source. It will also reduce the use of dirty, pollution-causing fossil fuels. Homeowners without a solar installation on their home will now have access to clean energy, thanks to Duke Energy Florida.
The Lake Placid Solar Power Plant and the Trenton Solar Power Plant are both expected to be installed by December 2019. DeBary Solar Power Plant is expected to be completed by March 2020. Duke Energy Florida will develop, operate, and maintain all three of their new Florida solar farms. Together, they will generate a combined 239.5 MW of electricity. That’s enough to power over 50,000 homes!
Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida state president, stated, “These three solar power plants are expected to eliminate nearly 800 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in Florida each ear upon commercial operation. That’s the equivalent of taking about 70,000 passenger cars off the road each year. These projects represent our commitment to the environment and more fuel diversity in the state as we strategically pace the expansion of renewable generation for our Florida customers’ benefit.”
Duke Energy Florida has already installed the Hamilton Solar Power Plant, sized at 74.9 MW, just last year. They also announced that they would be installing the Columbia Solar Power Plant, which should be completed in March 2020. Altogether, Duke Energy should have nine Florida solar farms in operation by the end of 2020.
Advancements and the adoption of solar energy in the solar energy industry is exciting to us at Sunpro Solar. With offices from Pensacola to Miami, we are helpings thousands of homeowners make the switch to solar. With the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit, solar in Florida has never been more affordable. Let’s all harness the sun and help Florida live up to its name as the cleanest and brightest, “Sunshine State”.