Duke Energy Florida completes 700-MW solar commitment made in 2018

With the completion of a new 74.9-MW solar facility in Hardee CountyDuke Energy reached a significant milestone – it has delivered on its commitment to provide 700 MW of clean energy to Florida customers.

The Charlie Creek Solar Power Plant is the last of 10 solar sites that are part of the company’s multiyear plan on file with the Florida Public Service Commission to deliver 700 MW of solar generation from 2018 through 2022.

Elected officials and community leaders joined Duke Energy at a commemorative ribbon cutting and solar panel signing ceremony to celebrate this significant milestone and grand opening of the new site.

“Today we are delivering on our promise to build a cleaner, brighter energy future for our customers,” said Melissa SeixasDuke Energy Florida state president. “By 2024, we plan to provide 1,500 MW of solar generation as part of our ongoing strategy to offer cleaner, smarter energy solutions that will benefit all Florida customers.”

In addition to carbon reduction and the benefits of creating a diverse energy infrastructure, solar development fosters economic development and job creation in the areas that Duke Energy serves. During construction, the projects brought nearly 2,400 temporary construction jobs to the area.

All 10 solar facilities are located throughout Floridaas far south as Highlands County and as far north as Hamilton County.

The 10 solar power plants under this commitment include:

With a combined investment of more than $2 billionDuke Energy Florida’s solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-tied solar power plants, which will benefit all Florida customers and will provide about 1,500 MW of emission-free generation from approximately 5 million solar panels by 2024.

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