Duke Energy Florida has started construction on its Osceola Solar Facility.
Approximately 15,000 solar panels are being installed on 17 acres in Kenansville, Florida. Upon completion, the project will generate up to 3.8 MW of electricity.
Osceola Solar Facility, expected online in the spring, is one of several projects Duke Energy Florida is adding to its fleet over the next three years. The company has plans to double the amount of utility-owned solar energy in the state by 2024.
Construction on a 5-MW solar facility is expected to wrap later this year and serve the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the power provider for Disney World. The project will span 20 acres and feature 48,000 solar panels.
A $1 million rooftop solar and battery storage project was also developed with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The system is being used in an ongoing research project to explore the integration of solar photovoltaic energy and distributed energy storage.