2022-05-24 | NYSE: DUKE | Press release

  • sand stream is one of 8 solar sites built in the north Florida.
  • The 74.9 megawatt facility can power 23,000 homes per year at peak production.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida., May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its commitment to providing cleaner energy solutions to benefit customers statewide, Duke Energy Florida today announced that Duke Energy Florida’s first large-scale solar power plant bay county is now operational and supplies the electricity grid.

“Growth of renewable energies in Florida is a top priority for us, and we are proud to complete the first large-scale solar site in bay county“, said the president of the state of Duke Energy in Florida Melissa Seixas. “This project will play a major role in transitioning our state to a cleaner energy future and shows how neighbors, businesses and communities can come together to have meaningful impacts that will benefit florida the environment, the energy system and electricity customers.”

The Sandy Creek Solar Power Plant was built on 625 acres in Bay County, Florida. As the county’s first large-scale solar power plant, the facility brings 74.9 megawatts (MW) of clean power to the region and consists of approximately 220,000 single-axis tracking solar panels, capable of generating enough of electricity to power approximately 23,000 homes per year during peak periods. production.

The new facility is part of Duke Energy Florida’s commitment to provide customers with 700 MW of clean power through the completion of 10 facilities by 2022. These 10 facilities are located in Floridaas far south as Highland County and as far north as Hamilton County. Nine of the 10 facilities are now in service, while the remaining site at Hardee County is under construction and should be finished this summer.

Solar Production Commitment

With a combined investment of over $2 billionDuke Energy Florida’s solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-connected solar plants, benefiting all Florida customers and will deliver around 1,500 MW of emission-free generation from around 5 million solar panels by 2024.

Video of the Sandy Creek solar plant, from a drone.

Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has 10,300 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers over a 13,000 square mile service area in Florida.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to meet its goals of net methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least 50% carbon reduction from power generation by 2030 and net emissions carbon emissions by 2050. Zero goals also include Scope 2 emissions and some Scope 3 emissions. zero-emission power generation such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2022 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Top Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. the Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy lighting features stories about people, innovations, community issues and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, instagram and Facebook.

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