Duke Energy, Florida uni to partner in 75-MW solar project
Millfield solar park, North Carolina. Author: PRNewsFoto/Duke Energy
Duke Energy Florida (DEF), a unit of US utility Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), will build a 74.9-MW solar park on a leased site from the Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Central Florida.
The university board of trustees approved the 25-year lease agreement last week, according to an official statement. Duke Energy’s so-called Rattler photovoltaic (PV) park will cover an area of between 600 acres (243 ha) and 800 acres at FAMU’s Brooksville agricultural and environmental research station, consisting of 270,000 panels with solar trackers.
The project is part of Duke Energy Florida's commitment to build or buy 700 MW of solar power capacity in the Sunshine State through 2022. The lease agreement for the scheme includes a due diligence period for site investigation and permitting before construction is initiated.
When operating at peak capacity, the PV plant at Brooksville will be able to generate enough electricity for about 23,000 average homes, once commissioned. Its output will be fed into the DEF power grid.
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