Customers of Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) and five other Florida public power utilities are now receiving energy from the first two solar farms that are part of the Florida Municipal Solar Project, a large-scale renewable energy project that will enable FPUA to provide solar power in the most cost-effective way. The Florida Municipal Solar Project is a partnership between the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and 16 Florida public power utilities.
Located in Central Florida, the two solar sites generate a total of 149 megawatts of emissions-free energy – enough to power 30,000 homes. FPUA is among the first six Florida cities to receive power from the project, purchasing 3 megawatts of solar power. One megawatt serves approximately 200 typical residential electric customers in Florida.
“Our customers want solar energy, and it needs to be economical,” said John Tompeck, FPUA Director of Utilities. “By working together with other municipal electric utilities across the state, we are building a large-scale project that will enable us to provide affordable, emissions-free electricity to customers.”
There were no up-front costs for the participating municipal electric utilities, and FPUA will only pay for the power it purchases.
The group is building five solar farms totaling 1.5 million solar panels that will generate nearly 375 megawatts by the end of 2023. FMPA is the project coordinator. Florida Renewable Partners is the owner operator of three solar sites in Phase 1, and Origis Energy will develop two solar sites in Phase II. This is the first large utility-scale solar project for FMPA and its members.
For more information on the Florida Municipal Solar Project, visit www.fmpa.com.