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OUC Announces Dedication of 1st Solar Farm in Orange County

Dec 07, 2011

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


ORLANDO – OUC – The Reliable One proudly announced the completion of the first solar farm in Orange County on Wednesday in a dedication ceremony that included Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and OUC Board President Maylen Dominguez and OUC Commissioner Dan Kirby. The Stanton Solar Farm, which is located at OUC's Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center along Innovation Way in east Orange County, is generating enough renewable energy to power more than 600 homes.

Duke Energy Renewables will own and operate the 5.9-Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array, which was built by Regenesis Power LLC. OUC will purchase the green power from the system for the next 20 years.

"This agreement is a cost effective way for OUC to incorporate more alternative energy sources into our portfolio and to study the impact large-scale solar projects have on our electric distribution system," OUC Commission President Maylen Dominguez said. OUC is now the only utility in the state with solar, landfill gas, natural gas and coal generation all on the same site.

Mayor Jacobs said the project further demonstrates OUC's and Orange County's commitment to renewable energy and to the community. "We're thrilled to partner with the OUC on another renewable energy project for our community," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. "Together with the 1-Megawatt solar array atop the Orange County Convention Center and our latest landfill gas-to-energy project, we're committed to developing more clean energy sources for the future."

The solar farm further reinforces Orlando's status as a Solar America City, said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "A key part of the City's Green Works Orlando initiative is investing in the next generation of clean, green energy, like solar, which will lead to new high-tech, high-wage jobs for our community, diversify our economy further and continue to help us become the most environmentally-friendly City in the country," said Mayor Dyer.

The solar farm's 25,172 solar modules, which are clearly visible along Innovation Way, will tilt automatically toward the sun as it moves across the sky each day. The patented single-axis tracking system increases electricity output by up to 30 percent and can withstand Category-4 hurricane-strength winds by moving into a stow position before a major storm arrives.

"In OUC, Duke Energy Renewables has found a partner that recognizes the importance of incorporating renewable energy into long-term plans to meet demand for electricity," said Duke Energy Renewables Vice President of Development Brian Stallman. "We look forward to helping OUC deliver zero-emission electricity from the Stanton Solar Farm to its customers for decades to come."

"OUC has demonstrated leadership with its renewable energy strategy, and they have been exemplary partners throughout the entire construction process. We are confident that we will have a highly successful and industry leading solar farm," said Regenesis Power Chief Operations Officer John Pinholster.

OUC—The Reliable One

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 225,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit ouc.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.

Duke Energy Renewables

Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy solutions for customers throughout the United States. The company's growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes ten wind farms and seven solar farms in operation in six states, totaling approximately 1,000 megawatts in electric-generating capacity. Learn more at www.Duke-Energy.com/renewables.

Regenesis Power LLC:

Regenesis Power, LLC is a solar solutions provider enabling utilities, local governments, and businesses to access the full potential of solar energy's benefits. The company leads the design, construction, finance and operations of commercial and utility-scale solar projects for both photovoltaic and mass-distributed consumer solar thermal solutions throughout the U.S.

STANTON SOLAR FARM FACT SHEET

  • 1st solar farm in Orange County and 1st OUC solar farm
  • 25,172 solar modules
  • 5.91 Megawatts – enough energy for 600 homes. The power is distributed differently each minute, based on the specific needs of the grid at any one moment.
  • 35 acres of solar panels
  • 600 tons of steel was used to support the modules
  • 40 mile per hour sustained wind gusts will prompt the panels to move into a horizontal, hurricane-proof position
  • 17 miles of electric wire connects the modules to the electric grid
  • 20 years projected life of the solar farm

ADDITIONAL RECENT OUC SOLAR PROJECTS

  • 1-Megawatt array atop the Orange County Convention Center
  • 31.5 KV (2,000 square-foot) array atop Reliable Plaza – OUC's Gold LEED-certified downtown customer service center
  • 31.5 KV array on the roof of the Orlando Science Center, which not only helps save energy, but also educate visitors
  • Solar-powered electric-vehicle charging stations at Reliable Plaza
  • Solar panels on Curry Ford Road utility poles