Duke Energy Florida will double amount of ratebased solar in Florida by 2024

Written By: Stratton Report
February 24, 2016

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On February 24, Duke Energy Florida announced it planned to double the amount of utility-owned solar energy in the state by 2024, adding up to 500 MW.

The utility’s 3.8 MW Osceola Solar Facility is under construction and scheduled to come online this spring.

Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida noted:

“We are excited by the advancements we’re making in Florida’s solar development. This is one more step in providing cleaner, smarter energy solutions that customers value. We’ll continue taking advantage of declining solar prices as we move forward with our strategy.”

The Osceola Solar Facility is located on 17 acres of a larger 25-acre parcel owned by Duke Energy Florida on Canoe Creek Road in Kenansville. The larger parcel includes the Canoe Creek transmission substation, owned and operated by DEF. The existing substation will allow the new solar facility.

The utility is also pursuing other solar projects in the Sunshine State. Construction for the 5-MW Perry Solar Facility is underway on 22 acres of utility-owned land in Taylor County.

In 2015, Duke Energy also announced construction of a 5-MW solar facility that will serve Reedy Creek Improvement District, the power provider to Walt Disney World. The project will be completed in spring 2016.

A $1 million rooftop solar and battery storage project has also been developed in conjunction with the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg. This system is being used in an ongoing research project with USF to explore the integration of solar photovoltaic energy and distributed energy storage.