Orlando utility says Yes to 149 MW of new solar in Florida

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October 11 (Renewables Now) - The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has given its nod to a plan to boost its solar generation capacity with 149 MW of new photovoltaic (PV) projects.

The municipally-owned public utility approved the proposal, which will see it double its PV capacity, at a monthly meeting on Wednesday. The plan includes two solar parks of 74.5-MW each that will be installed in Florida’s Osceola County by developer Invenergy LLC, with OUC will buying their output under 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).

The commissioners have also given consent for the start of negotiations related to the PPAs.

The PV parks are planned to be switched on in 2022 and 2023, respectively, and will be coupled with battery storage as a back-up generation option. OUC said. They will be able to supply electricity for about 27,000 residential clients, once operational.

The utility noted that the two PPAs, along with an additional 108.5 MW of plants that will go live in 2020, will make it the largest user of solar energy in Florida on a watt-per-customer basis.

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