April 22, 2024
Solar Surge

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The Florida Municipal Solar Project will add 1.8 million panels on eight farms.

Economic Backbone: Energy

Solar Surge

Vickie Chachere | 9/21/2023

The Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), which supplies wholesale power to the state's municipal utilities, and Origis Energy are aiming to quadruple the power generated via solar farms. By the end of 2026, the Florida Municipal Solar Project will consist of more than 1.8 million panels installed on eight farms.

FMPA currently operates two solar farms, Taylor Creek Solar in Orange County and Harmony Solar in Osceola County, which generate nearly 150 megawatts, enough to power approximately 30,000 Florida homes. By the end of this year, FMPA will complete a solar farm in Putnam County and in 2024 will add a farm in Levy County.

The next phase of the project will bring another four solar farms online, for a total of eight sites generating nearly 600 megawatts of solar power. Construction and operation of the four additional sites — to be located in Columbia, Levy and Bradford counties — will be staggered throughout 2025 and 2026.

The FMPA says a total of 20 Florida municipal electric utilities will purchase power from the project, ranging from Beaches Energy Services in Jacksonville Beach to Keys Energy Services in Key West. The FMPA is owned by 33 municipal electric utilities serving serve more than 4.2 million Floridians. Miami-based Origis Energy has worked on more than 170 renewable energy projects worldwide. 

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