Duke Energy to Build Two 74.9 MW Solar Projects in Florida

Duke Energy Florida has announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants which will provide cleaner energy solutions to benefit Florida customers

Duke Energy Solar Florida

Duke Energy Florida (DEF), a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants which will provide cleaner, smarter energy solutions to benefit Florida customers.

“Our two newest solar power plants in Hamilton and Columbia counties are expected to eliminate approximately 600 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in Florida each year upon commercial operation. That’s the equivalent of taking about 56,000 passenger cars off the road each year,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida state president.

The two projects:

  • The Twin Rivers Solar Power Plant will be built on 460 acres in Hamilton County, Fla. Once operational, the 74.9-megawatt (MW) facility will consist of approximately 235,000 tracking solar panels. The panels track the movement of the sun and are capable of producing enough electricity to power approximately 23,000 homes at peak production.
  • The Santa Fe Solar Power Plant will be built on approximately 600 acres in Columbia County, Fla. The 74.9-MW plant will consist of approximately 235,000 tracking solar panels, which will produce enough carbon-free energy to power more than 23,000 average homes at peak production.

Both solar power plants will be developed, owned, operated and maintained by Duke Energy Florida and are expected to break ground in March 2020. Completion is currently scheduled for late 2020.

“Columbia County is excited to partner with Duke Energy on this solar project that is not only promoting green energy but also bringing jobs and capital investment into our community,” said Columbia County economic development director Glenn Hunter. “Additionally, Duke Energy’s investment into the hundreds of acres of rural farmland in Columbia County is significant to preserve the integrity of our land and development as we move into the future.” 

The firm has also informed that it completed two solar facilities last month. The Lake Placid Solar Power Plant in Highlands County began serving customers on December 9, 2019. The facility is 45 MW, which is enough to power more than 12,000 homes at peak production. And the Trenton Solar Power Plant in Gilchrist County, which began serving customers on December 18, 2019. The facility is 74.9 MW, which is enough to power more than 23,000 homes at peak production.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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