Duke Energy plugs in 74.5-MW solar farm in Florida
The Duette Solar Power Plant site in Florida. Image credit: LSKDrone Aerial Photography 2020/Duke Energy Florida
US electric utility holding company Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) announced on Tuesday that its 74.5-MW Duette Solar Power Plant in Florida had started operations in late October, more than seven weeks ahead of schedule.
The new solar farm is located in Manatee County, where around 227,000 single-axis tracking solar panels stand on an around 520-acre (210.4 ha) plot, Duke Energy said.
The plant is operated by the company’s subsidiary Duke Energy Florida.
The Duette solar project is part of Duke Energy Florida’s USD-1-billion investment (EUR 864m) effort to serve its customers with 700 MW of clean power by 2022. The Florida power producer is now in the good position to reach its milestone of completing ten new solar projects by that time, its parent company said.
Eight of those ten projects are now in operation. The remaining two, the Charlie Creek and the Sandy Creek solar farms, both of 74.9 MW, are under construction.
Duke Energy Florida intends to build up its solar portfolio to have 25 grid-connected solar farms totalling some 1,500 MW by 2024.
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