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Duke Energy Florida recently announced that the first utility-scale, solar power plant in Bay County has been operational. This is part of their commitment to providing cleaner energy solutions for customers across the state.
Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida’s state president, stated that Florida’s goal to grow renewable energy is a top priority. She said that the completion of the first utility-scale solar project in Bay County was a proud moment. “This project will play an important role in Florida’s transition to cleaner energy and will demonstrate how neighbors, businesses, and communities can work together to make meaningful impact that will benefit Florida’s environment, energy system, and electric customers”.
Sandy Creek Solar Power Plant was constructed on 625 acres of Bay County, Fla. It produces 74.9 megawatts of clean energy and has approximately 220,000 single-axis track solar panels. At peak production, it can produce enough electricity to power approximately 23,000 homes each year.
Duke Energy Florida has committed to providing 700 MW of clean electricity by 2022. The new facility is part Duke Energy Florida’s commitment. The 10 facilities can be found throughout Florida, from Highlands County to Hamilton County. Nine of the 10 facilities have been put into service. The remaining Hardee County site is currently under construction. It will be complete by this summer.