Florida Municipal Utilities breaks ground on 223 MW solar project
Post date: 21/11/2019 - 12:36
Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), in conjunction with 12 Florida municipal electric utilities and Florida Renewable Partners, LLC, broke ground on the Florida Municipal Solar Project, which is, according to the agency, »one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation.« A total of approximately 900,000 solar panels will be installed including tracking systems at two sites in Osceola County and at one site in Orange County. The total capability will be 223.5 MW. Construction on phase one of the project will continue through mid-2020. The utilities are looking to grow the project to a total of 375 MW by 2023. The builder, owner and operator of the solar farms is Florida Renewable Partners, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of utility Nextera Energy, Inc and the parent company of Florida Power & Light.
FMPA is serving as the project coordinator, and the 12 municipal utilities, who are member-owners of FMPA, will purchase power from the project, including Alachua, Bartow, Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Homestead, Keys Energy Services (Key West), Kissimmee Utility Authority, Lake Worth Beach, Ocala, Orlando Utilities Commission, Wauchula and Winter Park.
Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities in Florida. The 31 members of FMPA serve 2.3 million Floridians and employ more than 3,600 people.