Duke Energy increasing solar energy in Osceola County
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Duke Energy’s advancement on the solar energy front is hitting new heights with a 3.8-megawatt solar facility slated for Osceola County.
The Osceola project is the first in a strategic, long-range plan to install 35 megawatts of solar by 2018 and up to 500 megawatts of solar power in the state by 2024, ensuring residents have increasingly clean and reliable energy.
“As the cost of solar energy continues to decrease, we’re increasing our investments in this resource,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. “It’s part of our ongoing strategy to offer clean energy and provide customers more options to use renewable energy.”
Construction of the Osceola Solar Facility will begin once permits are approved. The facility is expected to be on line in early 2016.
The Osceola facility will be built on 17 acres of a larger 25-acre parcel owned by DEF on Canoe Creek Road in Kenansville. The larger parcel includes the Canoe Creek transmission substation, owned and operated by DEF. The existing 230-kV substation will allow the new solar facility to be connected to the grid without additional easements or extensive line construction.
The company’s new solar facilities will complement a combined-cycle natural gas plant to be built in Citrus County, an upgrade of a combined-cycle energy complex in Polk County and the purchase of the Osprey Energy Center, also in Polk County.
These projects will allow the company to meet a significant need for additional energy for its customers beginning in 2018 and to retire half of its Florida coal-fired fleet by that same year.
Source: Duke Energy