The Hamilton and Columbia solar power plants are the first two projects that Duke Energy has announced since it pledged to have 700 MW of solar power capacity by 2022. (Photo Credit: Duke Energy)
- Duke Energy Florida plans a new solar power plant in Columbia County, Florida with 74.9 MW capacity
- Construction of this facility is expected to begin in 2019 and commercial operations will commence in March 2020
- Another 74.9 MW Hamilton Solar Power Plant entered construction in July 2018
- Both the projects are part of the utility’s commitment to either construct or acquire 700 MW of solar generation capacity until 2022
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Duke Energy Florida has announced a new solar power plant of 74.9 MW capacity in Columbia County. It will be built on 580 acres in Fort White region. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, and commercial operations in March 2020.
Duke Energy Florida will own, operate and maintain the plant. The Columbia Solar Power Plant will be constructed using 245,000 solar panels by Core Solar.
This PV plant is in addition to the company’s Hamilton Solar Power Plant in Jasper, Florida, also of 74.9 MW capacity, which is currently under construction that began in July 2018. It will use 300,000 solar panels on an area of 565 acres and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
“Together, the Hamilton and Columbia solar power plants are expected to eliminate approximately 645 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in Florida each year upon commercial operation. That’s the equivalent of taking 63,000 passenger cars off the road,” said Catherine Stempien, President of Duke Energy Florida.
Duke Energy Florida has filed a request with Florida Public Service Commission to recover the actual investment costs associated with the two solar power plants. It says impact to residential customers’ rates is expected to be less than 0.5%for each project – and the same for commercial and industrial customers.
The Florida division of Duke Energy owns and operates about 9.3 GW of natural gas, coal and renewable energy generation. It aims to acquire or construct 700 MW of solar generation between now and 2022. The Hamilton and Columbia solar power plants are the first two projects the company has announced as part of its 700 MW commitment.