Duke Energy’s Solar Plant

Alexis Useche, reporter

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Duke Energy Company has opened a solar energy plant in Suwannee county. The plant is the largest in the state of Florida being 70 acres with 44,000 panels.

“I was excited as a commissioner to be able to partner with them, not only to keep a presence here in Suwannee County but you’re looking at green, clean energy. That’s a political home run. But also on a personal level,” said Ricky Gamble, the chairman of Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners.

The Duke Energy Plant is prepared to produce 8.8 megawatts of power. This should provide power to about 1,700 homes at peak production. This carbon-free renewable resource will grow up to 700 megawatts of solar by the year 2021 per Duke Energy Florida.

“We are proud of our newest solar power plant and excited about our future solar development in Florida,” Said Harry Sideris, Duke Energy Florida State President.

Duke Energy Florida’s Suwannee Solar Facility began operating in November 2017. The goal is to bring the greatest amount of renewable energy online for consumers in the most economical way.

The Suwannee Solar Facility is an integral part of a continuing strategy to offer a cleaner, smarter, and more efficient energy solutions for customers in the State of Florida.  

 

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Duke Energy’s Solar Plant