The Osceola Solar Facility uses 15,000 solar panels on 17 acres next to an existing Duke Energy substation. It officially started operations May 12. Florida-based Advanced Green Technologies designed, engineered and constructed the plant.
The Osceola plant is the first in a long-range plan to install 35 MW of solar by 2018 and up to 500 MW of solar in the state by 2024. Construction on a 5-MW solar plant in Perry is set to wrap up in August and be unveiled in mid-October. The utility recently completed a 5-MW solar power plant to serve the Walt Disney World Resort through an agreement with the Reedy Creek Improvement District.