Duke Energy’s Perry plant boosts Florida’s solar energy output

Solar energy users have quadrupled in number throughout Florida over the past half-decade, and Duke Energy of St. Petersburg takes pride in enabling both consumers and the environment to benefit from choosing sustainable resources.


Solar energy users have quadrupled in number throughout Florida over the past half-decade, and Duke Energy of St. Petersburg takes pride in enabling both consumers and the environment to benefit from choosing sustainable resources.

 

The Perry Solar Facility, the utility’s newest solar plant in Taylor County, extends the length and width of 17 football fields and produces 5 megawatts of universal solar energy — equal to approximately 200 residential-sized rooftop systems.

 

It is the second in a series of sites planned to gradually increase Floridians’ use of solar power, with expectations of yielding 35 megawatts by 2018 and possibly 500 megawatts by 2024.

 

"We are proud of the investments we're making in Florida's solar development," Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president-Florida, said. "With the cost of solar energy decreasing and panel efficiency advancing, building solar power plants like Perry is part of our ongoing strategy to offer cleaner, smarter energy solutions that customers value."

 

The company’s comparable Osceola Solar Facility, in operation since May, provides close to 4 megawatts of solar energy through 15,000 panels. Altogether, the projects represent an efficient and economical start to a statewide pattern of transition to clean energy.

 

Duke Energy Florida’s regional office reported that it is currently installing private solar systems for over 90 residential and business customers monthly. Duke Energy as a whole, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, has devoted over $4 billion to wind and solar facility investments in 12 states including Florida.

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