Duke Energy Florida to add 300 MW PV capacity in 2021
Post date: 19/02/2021 - 09:55
Duke Energy Florida, part of Duke Energy Corp., has broken ground on two new solar sites, and expects to complete both by the end of 2021. The »Duette Solar Power Plant« will be built on approximately 520 acres in Manatee County, Florida. Once operational, the 74.5-MW facility will consist of 227,000 single-axis tracking solar panels. The »Charlie Creek Solar Power Plant« will be built on 610 acres in Hardee County, Florida. The 74.9-MW facility will consist of approximately 235,000 single-axis tracking solar panels.
Two additional solar plants will be coming online in the spring.The 74.9 MW »Twin Rivers Solar Power Plant« was built in Hamilton County. Duke Energy Florida will also complete the 74.9 MW »Santa Fe Solar Power Plant« in Columbia County. The company plans to begin construction on an additional solar facility by mid-year. The 74.9 MW »Sandy Creek Solar Power Plant« will be built in Bay County and is expected to be completed by spring 2022.
During construction, each solar project creates approximately 200 to 300 temporary jobs. All five solar power plants will be owned, operated and maintained by Duke Energy Florida. The company expects to add almost 300 MW of solar generation this year. It is investing an estimated $1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022.