Duke Energy Florida announced the locations of its four newest solar power plants – the latest move in the company's program to expand its renewable generation portfolio.
"We continue investing in utility-scale solar in Florida because our customers deserve a cleaner energy future," said Duke Energy Florida state president Melissa Seixas. "These solar plants are the latest milestones in our strategy to deliver reliable, cost-effective, clean energy to our customers."
Duke Energy Florida plans to invest an estimated $1 billion in 10 new solar power plants across Florida, including the four sites announced.
Construction on the four sites will begin in early 2022 and will take approximately 9 to 12 months to complete. Construction of all 10 sites is projected to be finished by late 2024.
Combined, the plants will produce about 750 megawatts (MW) of new, cost-effective solar power.
One of the new sites will be built in Suwannee County in north Florida.
"Suwannee County welcomes Duke Energy's latest solar project. It promotes green energy and brings jobs and capital investment into our community," said Suwannee County economic development director Jimmy Norris. "We invite more opportunities that protect the environment while helping the future growth of our community."
The four new sites:
Duke Energy's solar generation portfolio represents more than $2 billion of investment, about 1,500-MW of emission-free generation and approximately five million solar panels in the ground by 2024.
The company currently has more than 900-MW of solar generation under construction or in operation in Florida.
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