In what is the state’s largest solar project to date, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved Gulf Power Company’s (Gulf Power) request to purchase power from three proposed solar photovoltaic plants totaling 120 megawatts (MW).
The purchase power agreements with Gulf Coast Solar Center, a subsidiary of HelioSage, LLC, include construction of a 50 MW facility at Pensacola’s Saufley Field, a 40 MW plant at Navarre’s Holley Field, and a 30 MW plant at Fort Walton Beach’s Eglin Air Force Base. With a combined output of 120 MW—enough power for 18,000 homes—the solar facilities are expected to be operational in late 2016.
“We support this important partnership between Gulf Power and the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy that will play a major role in Florida’s energy future,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “The solar facilities will diversify the utility’s power supply and increase Florida’s emissions-free electricity generation.”
Projected to increase Gulf Power’s renewable energy generation by more than 600 percent, the proposed solar facilities will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3.5 million tons and save between $2.8 million and $17.4 million over the 25-year terms of the three contracts.
Upon the projects’ completion, Gulf Power’s solar capacity will surpass the 110 MW Florida Power & Light Company, the state’s largest investor-owned utility, installed in 2009 and 2010.
Gulf Power serves more than 436,000 customers in eight Northwest Florida counties.
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