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Duke Energy to build two new solar plants

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Duke Energy Florida (DEF) has announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants.

The Twin Rivers Solar Power Plant will be built on 460 acres in Hamilton County, Florida, US. Once operational, the 74.9 MW facility will consist of approximately 235 000 tracking solar panels. The panels track the movement of the sun and are capable of producing enough electricity to power approximately 23 000 homes at peak production.

The Santa Fe Solar Power Plant will be built on approximately 600 acres in Columbia County, Florida. The 74.9 MW plant will also consist of approximately 235 000 tracking solar panels.

Both solar power plants will be developed, owned, operated and maintained by Duke Energy Florida and are expected to break ground in March 2020. During construction each solar project creates 200 to 300 temporary jobs. Completion is currently scheduled for late 2020.

Additionally, Duke Energy Florida completed two solar facilities last month.

The Lake Placid Solar Power Plant in Highlands County, Florida, began serving customers 9 December 2019. The facility is 45 MW, which is enough to power more than 12 000 homes at peak production.

The 74.9 MW Trenton Solar Power Plant in Gilchrist County, Florida, began serving customers 18 December 2019.

Duke Energy Florida is building another 74.9 MW with the Columbia Solar Power Plant in Columbia County, Florida, anticipated to begin servicing customers in April 2020.

The DeBary Solar Power Plant is under construction in Volusia County, Florida, and will bring another 300 000 solar panels to Florida with service beginning in June 2020.

Duke Energy Florida is increasingly delivering cleaner energy to customers with a total of almost 370 MW of solar under construction or in service by mid-2020.

The company is investing an estimated US$1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of cost-effective solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022 in Florida, and planning for another 1500 MW of solar generation through 2028.

Duke Energy Florida is encouraging renewable investments within the state. By buying existing solar projects and using a competitive process to select DEF solar contractors, solar panels and project material suppliers, the company's solar power plants bring the greatest amount of dependable renewable energy on line for customers in the most efficient and economical way while creating more jobs in the solar and energy-related markets.

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