Duke Energy Florida says it will begin construction later this month on two new solar projects in Bay and Madison counties as part of the company’s community solar program, Clean Energy Connection.
The Mule Creek Renewable Energy Center will be built on approximately 700 acres in Bay County. After commissioning, the 74.9 MW facility will consist of approximately 175,000 solar panels.
After a successful community open house, the Winquepin Renewable Energy Center will be built on approximately 530 acres in Madison County. This project – also 74.9 MW – consists of approximately 220,000 solar panels.
“These new renewable energy projects will not only help strengthen the state’s energy diversity and advance our clean energy goals, but will also bring additional economic benefits to the communities we serve,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president.
Through the Clean Energy Connection program, Duke Energy Florida customers can order solar power and earn credits on their utility bills without having to install or maintain their own equipment. The monthly fee pays for the construction and operating costs of the renewable energy centers and is added to the customer’s normal electricity bill.