Once completed, the 20MW farm will be one of the largest in the Sunshine State. Source: Origis Energy
Miami, Florida-headquartered solar developer Origis Energy has broken ground on a US$33.2 million 20MW solar plant in its home state.
The plant is set to be one of the largest in Florida.
Once complete, the solar farm will span over 48 hectares in the capital Tallahassee, between the north-south runway and Springhill Road that the city airport is leasing to the Utilities Department for 33 years. The farm will produce 37 million kWh annually, enough to power 3,400 homes, and will also make up around 2% of the city’s current energy production.
It will be constructed and operated by Origis, who will sell the electricity to the city in a 20-year PPA. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in autumn.
“As Florida’s Capital City, we are thrilled to harness the Sunshine State’s most renewable energy source for our community’s use,” said Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum. “Offering Tallahassee residents the ability to customize their participation in our solar program is an innovative way to keep our city utility among the best in the nation and ensure we are preserving our energy resources for years to come.”
The construction of the solar farm coincides with the launch of the Solar Farm Customer Participation programme – the city’s new solar programme, which enables residential and commercial customers to customise their participation level in the programme at 25%, 50% or 100%. The limited-time programme will end on 31 December 2017.
“This programme represents a collaborative effort among our city government, citizens and private organizations,” said Steve Urse, member of Sustainable Tallahassee and the city’s Utilities Citizen Advisory Committee. “It provides us with access to solar energy without the up-front costs of installing solar panels, which is key in encouraging more and more people to use clean, renewable energy. Tallahassee Solar is a win for our community.”
Planning is also under way for a second 40MW farm to the west of the airport that will provide energy for another 6,800 homes.
The USA solar pipeline hit 9.8 GW in August 2019, according to market analysts, Wood Mackenzie so what does this mean for the solar sector moving forward? Are module shipments constrained? Have manufacturers raised prices for late-comers? What impact will this have on 2020 projects and what can we expect for the ITC negotiations? These questions and more will be discussed in this informative, free webinar. - With almost 10 GW of solar pipeline, how is this affecting the supply chain and cost for panels? - How likely is it that the ITC will be renewed, what trends are emerging in terms of beating the step down? - How helpful are emerging trends and technologies (e.g. bifacial panels, floating solar, data aggregation and management) in helping to beat the ITC step down? - Trade wars: what impact did section 201 have on the market, and what could we expect moving forward This webinar acts as a primer for the Solar & Storage Finance Summit which takes place on 29 & 30 October in New York City.
Understanding bifacial’s true potential: technology innovation and technical bankability of bifacial
The deployment of bifacial PV technology is growing rapidly. It has proven to be the most effective solution to reduce levelised energy costs (LCOE) and increase the Investment Rate of Return (IRR) of PV systems, offering substantially improved energy yield compared to the use of standard mono-facial modules. Even though the concept is not new, it has been a niche technology for many years with uncertainties in predicting performance and optimizing installations. Today, bifacial technology is becoming mainstream, with capacity available at the multi-gigawatt scale and with corresponding global deployment of project pipelines. Join this webinar, presented by Andrea Viaro, as he discusses the award-winning Swan bifacial module with transparent backsheet from DuPont, its features, benefits and differences vs. standard glass-glass modules. Jinko Solar’s new bifacial technology innovations will also be highlighted, specifically covering profitability in deployment at utility-scale PV power plants. Andrea will be joined by Dr.Lars Podlowski who will give a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of bifacial PV technology, with a special focus on benefits and risks industry buyers and investors should pay attention to.
Understand fully the technical and logistical supply chains that determine the production and performance of solar modules, including all related factors impacting quality, reliability & bankability.
Now in its sixth successful year, Solar & Storage Finance USA is the only event which looks at raising capital for solar, storage and collocated solar and storage projects in the USA. The conference will help delegates understand how providers are evolving propositions for storage and how they can access capital for standalone solar or storage, and co-located projects. Meet debt providers, funders, utilities, corporate off takers and blue chip energy firms with capital to invest and developers with credible pipelines.