Duke Energy Florida said Sept. 15 that the company’s newest solar power plant, located on 22 acres in Taylor County, is now producing 5 MW of carbon-free energy.
Varioius local leaders will join officials of this Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) subsidiary at a commemorative ribbon cutting and solar panel signing ceremony on Oct. 19.
“We are proud of the investments we’re making in Florida’s solar development,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president–Florida. “With the cost of solar energy decreasing and panel efficiency advancing, building solar power plants like Perry is part of our ongoing strategy to offer cleaner, smarter energy solutions that customers value.”
The Perry Solar Facility is the second in a strategic, long-range plan to install 35 MW of solar energy by 2018 and up to 500 MW of solar energy in the state by 2024. Duke Energy Florida’s Osceola Solar Facility began operating in May, providing nearly 4 MW of solar energy through 15,000 panels.
Earlier this year, the company also unveiled a 5-MW solar plant in the shape of a “not-so-hidden-Mickey” to meet the energy needs of Walt Disney World Resort and its customers through an agreement with the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
In addition, Duke Energy Florida is helping more than 90 residential and business customers per month install private solar on their property. In the past five years, the number of customers who have interconnected private solar has increased by 400%.
Duke Energy Florida owns and operates a diverse generation mix, including renewables, providing about 9,100 MW of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.7 million customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area.