COCOA, Fla. – Solar power will be coming to 12 municipal utilities throughout Florida, under a groundbreaking agreement detailed Friday at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa.
As part of what’s being called the Florida Municipal Solar Project, utilities from Jacksonville Beach to Key West will receive solar power from three facilities that will be built at sites Orange and Osceola counties, reports News 6 partner Florida Today.
NextEra Florida Renewables, a sister company of Florida Power & Light. Co., will be building the solar farms, then owning and operating them. The specific sites have not yet been announced.
The municipal utilities that are part of the project are in Alachua, Bartow, Fort Pierce, Homestead, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Ocala, Orlando, Wauchula and Winter Park.
This joint effort is one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the United States.
“This is moving the needle in Florida,” said Matt Valle, president of NextEra Florida Renewables.
“This is major,” said James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center. “This is really a turning point in the way of not onluy a partnership in bringing all these utilities together so they can purchase something at economies of scale, but it engages all the communities. This is a game-breaking kind of change. This is a big start for Florida to move in a way where the community and the citizens are leading, and the municipal utilities are allowing them to go forward with sustainable energy.” [click for full article]