JEA is set to unveil a sweeping solar-power program Tuesday that would dramatically increase the utility’s investment in solar panels and at the same time change how it provides incentives to residents to adopt rooftop-solar technology, a thorny issue utility executives have tried to navigate for more than a year.
The most significant part of JEA’s plan — which the utility’s board of directors will weigh Tuesday — calls for a major expansion of solar panels: Executives want the green light and financing to create five new solar farms in Jacksonville. Each farm would produce 50 megawatts of power (one megawatt is enough to power about 400 homes).
That would put JEA on pace to reach just under 300 megawatts of its power produced by solar — about the equivalent of a small natural-gas power plant. On a day with high electricity use, JEA needs about 2,700 megawatts of power to keep the lights on in the city. [click for full article]