ORLANDO – Subscriptions to Central Florida’s first community solar farm sold out in less than a week after OUC announced its plan to offer customers the opportunity to purchase blocks of solar power from an array that will be built at its Gardenia facility.
OUC Commission President Dan Kirby was the first customer to sign up.
“I was happy to see the community solar farm subscribe so quickly. It’s clean, green renewable energy at an affordable price,” Kirby said, “and it shows how important renewable energy projects like this are to our customers and our community.”
Only the second community solar farm in the state, the program eliminates the up-front installation or maintenance costs associated with installing solar at a home or business. On average, a 5-kilowatt photovoltaic array can cost $25,000 or more. The community program also allows renters, condo owners and residents with rooftops shaded by trees or nearby buildings to invest in solar.
For OUC’s community solar farm, customers signed up for up to 15 kW blocks of solar power, depending on their energy needs.
Slated for completion this summer, the 400-kW array will act as covered parking for employees and visitors and it is expected to produce about 540,000 kWh annually – enough to meet the power needs of about 40 homes.
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 228,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit www.ouc.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.