DEF to develop two new solar parks in Florida

Jan 28, 2020 04:10 PM ET
  • Florida’s electric power company has disclosed where its new PV stations will be located. The systems are meant to supply green power to Floridian consumers.

The construction is slated to start in early spring and to finish by the end of the year. Duke Energy will develop, own, operate and maintain both photovoltaic installations.

Santa Fe Solar project is to be located in the county of Columbia. It will cover around 500ac of land. The facility will comprise about 235 thousand tracking modules. The capacity of 74.9 megawatts is estimated to supply electricity to over 23 thousand households.

The second project, Twin Rivers Solar, will boast the identical generation capacity and the same number of panels. As for the location, the array will be installed in the county of Hamilton and will span the area of 460ac.

When operational, the solar parks are predicted to decrease annual CO2 footprint in the state by 600mn lb. At the construction stage, around 200-300 jobs will be created by each of the projects.

Besides, the firm is currently constructing one more 74.9-megawatt power station – Columbia Solar. The plant is scheduled to start operations in April. 

The Volusia-based DeBary Solar project is expected for commissioning in the first summer month of the current year. The array comprises 300 thousand panels.

In December, 2019, Florida’s unit of the American holding, commissioned two more PV plants.

Trenton Solar project has the same capacity as the above new plants to be constructed. It was put into operation on the 18th of December. The installation is located in the county of Gilchrist.

The smaller, 45-megawatt, Lake Placid Solar system became operational 9 days earlier. The electricity generated by the Highlands-based facility is sufficient for over 12 thousand households.

Totally, the power company is currently constructing nearly 370 megawatts of solar generation capacity, expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

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