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Clean Power: Customers Want It

Floridians want electricity generated in an environmentally responsible way. FMPA’s mission is to meet this expectation without sacrificing the equally important priorities of low-cost and reliable power. By working together, Florida’s municipal electric utilities can build larger, more efficient solar energy that provides clean power at an affordable price for homes and businesses in Florida.

How Solar Power Works

FMPA’s Florida Municipal Solar Project will generate zero-emission energy, using only the sun as fuel. When the sun is shining, solar panels absorb the sun light and convert it to electricity. This energy is then distributed through the electric grid to our homes and businesses. Here is how:

Solar panels lined with photovoltaic cells produce direct current when sunlight hits the panels.
Energy then flows through a device called an inverter, which transforms the energy to alternating current electricity.
Alternating current is delivered through the electric distribution system to power homes and businesses.

Benefits of Solar Power

FMPA’s goal is to provide renewable energy at an affordable price. A large-scale solar project, like FMPA’s, is the most economical way to produce solar power. A large project is approximately one-third the cost of a private, rooftop system.Solar generation produces no emissions, and that’s good news for customers and the environment.

The Florida Municipal Solar Project is one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation.

Florida Municipal Solar Project

FMPA’s Florida Municipal Solar Project is a joint project of 16 municipal electric utilities. It is one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the United States with approximately 1.5 million solar panels that will be installed at five sites.

Phase I will consist of two 74.9 MW solar farms in Osceola County and one in Orange County. Florida Renewable Partners, a NextEra Energy company, will be the owner and operator. Phase II will include two 74.5 MW solar farms, one in Alachua County and one in Putnam County, owned and operated by Origis Energy. The project will generate approximately 373.7 MW of zero-emissions energy.

Participants

  • Alachua
  • Bartow
  • Fort Pierce
  • Havana
  • Homestead
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Key West
  • Kissimmee
  • Lake Worth
  • Mount Dora
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Newberry
  • Ocala
  • Orlando
  • Wauchula
  • Winter Park
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