Harvesting energy from new farms
Two new facilities to deliver power to six cities, including Orlando.
Six Florida municipal utilities, including those in Orlando and Kissimmee, are joining the growing number of power companies able to provide their customers with solar power, a cleaner source of energy.
By the end of June, two of five new solar farm sites, the Harmony Solar Energy Center in St. Cloud and the Taylor Creek Solar Energy Center in east Orange County, are expected to begin commercial operation.
They are part of the Florida Municipal Solar Project, which consists of 16 electric utilities working together to create one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the United States, and for most of these cities, their first solar project.
The two sites will provide a clean, renewable energy source to six Florida cities: Orlando, Kissimmee, Ocala, Fort
Pierce, Jacksonville Beach and Key West.
“This is one of the most economical ways to provide customers with clean energy,” said Ryan Dumas, a spokesman for the Florida Municipal Power Agency. “For many cities, they couldn’t do this on their own.”
The other three sites are projected to be operational by 2023. Nearly 1.5 million solar panels will be installed on about 2,450 acres, or about 1,856 football fields.
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Project manager David Diaz walks among the arrays at the Florida Municipal Solar Project’s Harmony Solar Energy Center, near Holopaw in Osceola County, on Wednesday.