Orlando Utility Commission approves plan to add 149MW of PV power to Florida

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
The additional PV capacity would generate enough energy to power 27,000 residential customers. Image: Flickr / dconvertini

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has approved a plan to add 149MW of PV power to OUC’s generation portfolio, which will double the utility’s current efforts in the state of Florida. 

The additional PV capacity would generate enough energy to power 27,000 residential customers. This new expansion plan was approved by commissioners at the OUC’s monthly meeting, with the utility given the clearance to negotiate two separate 20-year PPAs with Invenergy.

Under these two proposed PPAs, Invenergy would build and operate a pair of 74.5MW PV installations, each covering 202 hectares of land, near existing OUC transmission lines in Osceola County. These projects would come online in 2022 and 2023. OUC will also plan to test battery storage as a back-up generation option at the sites during cloud cover and at night. 

Clint Bullock, OUC general manager & CEO, said: “As Orlando has grown and transformed over the years, so has OUC. And now, OUC is powering the rapid growth of our community with clean, renewable energy and innovative storage technologies.”

Along with the 108.5MW of PV energy set to come online in 2020, these two PPAs would make OUC the largest user of solar energy in Florida on a watt-per-customer basis. 

Read Next

PV Tech Premium
September 13, 2021
Following the release of the US Department’s Solar Futures Study, Liam Stoker assesses the downstream and upstream trends that must be realised for US solar to fulfil its potential.
September 2, 2021
A round-up of the latest news from the US solar market, including developments from Invenergy, SB Energy and RWE Renewables.
August 25, 2021
The US renewables sector has welcomed the House of Representatives’ approval of a budget resolution that provides the framework for a US$3.5 trillion spending package.
August 24, 2021
Energy advisory DNV has acquired the consulting arm of Chile-based energy price forecaster Antuko, taking aim at the Latin America and Iberia power markets.
August 19, 2021
It may be the height of summer but there’s no respite for the Solar Media Podcast, the new episode of which is packed full of insight as the US begins its clampdown on solar imports.
PV Tech Premium
August 18, 2021
Liam Stoker recaps recent policy moves in the US and explores the difficult balancing act President Biden must now face between stimulating domestic solar manufacturing in the US and supporting solar deployment.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 19, 2021
Solar Media Events
December 1, 2021