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Clean Energy Projects Delivering Economic Benefits

You can say there’s a new energy in Putnam County, and it’s not a metaphor.

Two major energy companies have projects in Putnam County that are not only promoting economic growth but also cleaner energy for the future.

Putnam County at a glance
Putnam County FloridaPopulation 74,098
Labor Force 27,387
Total Households 29,034
Per Capita Income $20,401
Retail Spending $450.8 mil.

FPL, as part of its plan to expand solar energy production around the state, is completing two new plants, the FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center and the FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, which straddles Putnam and Alachua counties.

“These new solar power plants are about more than just affordable clean energy. They’re also delivering economic benefits right here, right now,” says Brian Bergen, vice president of economic development for the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, Seminole Electric Cooperative is constructing a gas-fired generating plant to replace a coal-fired plant.

The plant will be “a sustainable long-term presence for Seminole Electric Cooperative in Putnam County and Palatka, ensuring that we remain a significant business partner, employer and taxpayer in this community,” says Seminole Electric Board of Trustees President W.F. Hart.

The 33-month construction project will also generate jobs for Putnam over the next three years, with an average of 200 workers per month on site. The Seminole project coincides with an expansion of the Georgia-Pacific mill in Palatka, which will employ an average of 160 construction workers a day. When completed, the expansion will add 80 permanent jobs to Georgia-Pacific’s 850 employees at the site.

The projects add up to an energetic future for Putnam County.

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