THURSDAY 01 DECEMBER, 2011 |
200MW Solar Farm Project For Florida
Florida's National Solar Power has announced the inking of a deal with Hardee County,
Fla. to establish a network of solar farms in the area totaling 200MW capacity.
Ten 200-acre PV solar panel based farms are planned for Hardee at a cost of $70 million each.
National Solar Power estimates the project will
create 200 jobs during the five-year construction period and up to 50 permanent
"This breakthrough approach to photovoltaic
energy production and innovative financial structure provides confidence in the
project's success along with affordable and significant energy solutions for
everyone," said Bill Lambert, Hardee County Economic Development Director.
The $700 million project will be the company’s second major solar farm
network announcement in recent times, with the first being in Gadsden County,
also in Florida. A much larger project, the Gadsden County solar farm network
will total 400MW and represents a $1.5 billion investment. As we reported
, competition for that project was intense and Gadsden County was
chosen from a list of 7 finalist communities.
National Solar Power has also announced the creation of Green Infrastructure Partners, LLC to help fund renewable energy
projects such as the solar farms being constructed in Hardee and Gadsden counties.
National Solar Power
was founded in 2010
in Melbourne, Florida and has already has executed power supply agreements for
more than 3000 MW of solar farms in the Southeastern US.
While the southwest of the United States has the largest solar resource in the
continental U.S., Florida is also blessed with significant solar irradiation
levels. According to the Florida
Solar Energy Center
, the state has 85% of the maximum PV resource of any
location in the nation. A 2007 study by the Center found a 2kW home
solar power system
installed in the state was capable of generating 7.2 kWh
electricity a day on average out of a maximum of 8.5 kWh/day possible - and
solar panel conversion efficiency has improved greatly since that time.
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