Approximately 900,000 solar panels will supply electricity to 12 Florida cities
HARMONY, FL - OUC–The Reliable One joined the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) along with 11 Florida municipal electric utilities and Florida Renewable Partners, LLC, to break ground on the Florida Municipal Solar Project. The 223.5-megawatt installation will be one of the largest municipal-backed solar farms in the nation.
Approximately 900,000 solar panels will be installed at three sites in Osceola and Orange counties. Combined, the facilities will occupy approximately 1,200 acres, or the equivalent of 900 football fields filled with solar panels. The solar farm’s total output will be enough to power 45,000 typical Florida homes. OUC will be the largest tenant of the project, purchasing 108.5 megawatts of zero-emission solar energy, or enough for more than 20,000 residential customers.
“This is a great day for OUC and for all of public power. What’s so important is that we’ve come together as 12 municipal utilities in the state, working together to leverage economies of scale, and all of us will ultimately share clean solar energy with our customers at the lowest cost possible,” said Clint Bullock, OUC General Manager & CEO.
The large quantities of photovoltaic panels and the use of technology increasing their efficiency are expected to yield solar power at about a third of the cost of electricity generated from a typical private, rooftop system.
Construction on phase one of the project will continue through mid-2020.
The 12 utilities that will purchase power from the solar farm include Alachua, Bartow, Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Homestead, Keys Energy Services (Key West), Kissimmee Utility Authority, Lake Worth Beach, Ocala, OUC–The Reliable One, Wauchula and Winter Park.
Claston Sunanon (left), OUC Fuels & Power Marketing Director, and Clint Bullock, OUC General Manager & CEO, stand in front of soon-to-be solar farms that when completed next summer, will power 45,000 homes throughout the state, with 20,000 in Central Florida.
Groundbreaking – Representatives from 12 municipal utilities from Jacksonville to Orlando to Key West broke ground on the 223.5 megawatt Florida Municipal Solar Project in Harmony, Florida.
About 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 and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 400,000 customer accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.