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First Solar Farm in Orange County Being Built

Nov 13, 2011

Nearly 6-MW Array to Provide Clean, Green Power to More Than 600 Homes


ORLANDO - The first solar farm in Orange County is being built at OUC's Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center along Innovation Way. The 5.9-Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array in east Orange County will come online later this year and is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power more than 600 homes.

Duke Energy and Regenesis Power LLC are installing, operating and maintaining the system, and OUC plans to purchase that power for the next 20 years.

“The solar farm not only increases OUC’s portfolio of clean generation, it also provides the opportunity to study the impact a large-scale solar array will have on our electric distribution system,” said OUC Board President Maylen Dominguez.

The first solar farm in Orange County is being built at OUC's Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center along Innovation Way.

The solar farm adds to an already diverse fleet of clean, reliable generation at OUC’s 3,280-acre Stanton Energy Center, which is home to natural gas, landfill gas and coal.

OUC customers who travel along Innovation Way will be able to see the solar generation that will provide renewable energy to their homes and businesses. More than 25,000 PV modules will be easily visible from the road.

The solar panels will feature a patented single-axis tracking system that increases electricity output by up to 30 percent and can withstand hurricane-force winds in the stow position.

STANTON SOLAR FARM BY THE NUMBERS

  • 25,172 Solar modules that will comprise the array.
  • 600 Homes the electricity generated by the array will serve.
  • 600 Tons of steel that will be used to support the modules.
  • 40 Miles-per hour sustained wind gust that will prompt the panels to slide into a horizontal, hurricane-proof position.
  • 17 Miles of wire that will connect the modules to the electric grid.