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Duke Energy Florida announces 2 additional solar site

Christian Fernsby |
Duke Energy Florida (DEF) announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants, which continue the expansion of its renewable generation portfolio.

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The solar plants are the latest milestones in the company's strategy to deliver clean energy to customers.

DEF currently has more than 900 MW of solar generation under construction or in operation, and will more than quadruple the amount of in-service solar on its system over the next four years.

The Fort Green Power Plant will be built on approximately 500 acres in Hardee County, Fla. The 74.9-megawatt (MW) plant will consist of approximately 265,000 solar panels, utilizing a fixed-tilt racking system that will produce enough carbon-free energy to effectively power more than 20,000 average-sized homes at peak production.

The Bay Trail Solar Power Plant will be built on 500 acres in Citrus County, Fla. Once operational, the 74.9-MW facility will consist of approximately 197,000 tracking bifacial solar panels. Its innovative double-sided panel design is highly efficient and tracks the movement of the sun. The plant will be capable of effectively producing enough electricity to power approximately 23,000 average-sized homes at peak production.

The Bay Trail facility is the site of a future mining location and the Fort Green site is a former phosphate mine.

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