Duke Energy completes 1st project in Florida community solar program

Duke Energy Florida completed construction of a 74.9 MW community solar project in Hardee County, Florida.

Credit: Duke Energy Florida

The Fort Green Renewable Energy Center is the first of 10 solar sites, with a total capacity of 750 MW, that is part of the company’s new community solar program, Clean Energy Connection.

Through the program, Duke Energy Florida customers can subscribe to solar and earn credits toward their electric bills without installing or maintaining their own equipment.

“It’s important to our customers and our business to bring cleaner resources to the grid,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida’s state president. “By subscribing to the Clean Energy Connection program and supporting solar sites like this, our customers are joining a community that is helping Florida move toward a cleaner energy future.”

Fort Green is built on approximately 500 acres of repurposed mining land in Hardee County. The project consists of almost 265,000 solar panels on a fixed-tilt system.

The second Clean Energy Connection site, Bay Trail Renewable Energy Center in Citrus County, is expected to begin supporting Clean Energy Connection subscriptions later this summer.

The program reserves 26 MW for income-qualified customers who participate in government grant programs or Duke Energy’s low-income energy efficiency program, Neighborhood Energy Saver.

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