Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) in association with 12 other Florida municipal electric utilities and NextEra Florida Renewables has announced plans to build a solar energy project for customers.
According to Florida Trend, the cities ready to purchase power from the project include Alachua, Bartow, Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Homestead, Keys Energy Services (Key West), Kissimmee Utility Authority, Lake Worth, Ocala, Orlando Utilities Commission, Wauchula and Winter Park.
Considering the 12 cities’ participation in the project, the possibility to build efficient solar projects are quite high. The power output from the project is said to yield 37,250 average-size rooftop solar systems.
As part of the project, the ground-mounted solar panels will be installed along with a computer-controlled tracking system, which will move based on the sun’s direction from east to west. This will further the power output and the added advantage is that there will be no up-front cost for cities to participate.
FMPA’s Jacob Williams, general manager and CEO of the Orlando-based wholesale power agency said: “We are working hard to lower the cost of solar power, so that we can provide emissions-free electricity for customers and add to our already low emissions generation portfolio. Building a large project, like this, helps make solar more cost effective.”
The project’s construction is expected to begin in 2020 and could be ready for operations by June 2020.