Duke Energy Florida (DEF) has commenced the rollout of a new portfolio of PV plants in “The Sunshine State.”
As part of its long-term goals, Duke Energy Florida plans to install 35MW of solar in the state by 2018 and up to 500MW by 2024.
The first step in the company’s new strategic outlook was announced with the development of a 3.8MW PV plant in Osceola County. Duke Energy Florida has already sent in a storm water and environmental resources permit to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and plans to file a land development permit with the Osceola County Planning Department.
Once these permits are approved, construction on the Osceola Solar Facility will begin, with completion slated for early 2016.
Alex Glenn, Duke Energy’s state president — Florida, said: “As the cost of solar energy continues to decrease, we're increasing our investments in this resource. It's part of our ongoing strategy to offer clean energy and provide customers more options to use renewable energy.”
The Osceola Solar Facility will be developed on 6.8 hectares of a larger 10 hectare area of land owned by DEF on Canoe Creek Road in Kenansville. Duke Energy’s new facilities will support a new combined-cycle natural gas plant that will be built in Citrus County. These solar installations will help cut Florida’s coal-fired plants in half by 2018.