Duke Energy builds 1st utility-scale project in Florida county

Duke Energy Florida has completed its first utility-scale solar project in Bay County, Florida. The 74.9 MW Sandy Creek Solar Power Plant was built on 625 acres and is made of approximately 220,000 single-axis tracking solar panels, which can produce enough electricity to power approximately 23,000 homes annually at peak production.

Credit: Duke Energy Florida

“Growing renewable energy in Florida is a top priority for us, and we are proud to complete the first large-scale solar site in Bay County,” said Melissa Seixas, president of Duke Energy Florida. “This project will play an important role in our state’s transition to a cleaner energy future, demonstrating how neighbors, businesses and communities can come together to make a meaningful impact that benefits Florida’s environment, energy system and electrical customers. good will come.”

The new facility is part of Duke Energy Florida’s plan to provide customers with 700 MW of clean energy through the completion of 10 facilities by 2022. These 10 facilities are located throughout Florida, as far south as Highlands County and as far north as Hamilton County. Nine of the 10 facilities are now in operation, while the remaining site in Hardee County is under construction and expected to be completed this summer.

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