The Florida Municipal Power Agency, in partnership with 12 municipal utilities and Origis Energy, is adding 600,000 solar panels for a total of 1.5 million panels by 2023.
Beaches Energy in Jacksonville Beach is among the public utilities that will be purchasing additional solar energy.
“We are excited to expand our solar power generation and bring even more affordable and clean energy to our customers,” said Jacob Williams, general manager and CEO of Florida Municipal Power Agency, a wholesale power agency. “By working together, our cities are able to provide clean power to their communities in a cost-effective way.”
Phase 2 of the Florida Municipal Solar Project will consist of two 74.5-megawatt solar farms, one in Alachua County and a second in Putnam County. Combined, the two sites will total approximately 1,500 acres. Phase 1 of the project, which is already complete, consists of three 74.5-megawatt solar farms with 900,000 solar panels.
In addition to Beaches Energy, the utilities that will receive power from Phase 2 include Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Havana, Homestead, Keys Energy Services (Key West), Kissimmee Utility Authority, Lake Worth Beach, Mount Dora, Utilities Commission City of New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Ocala and Winter Park.