Ocala Electric Utilities Participates in Municipal Solar Project
Ocala, Fla. (Nov. 22, 2019) – Ocala Electric Utility (OEU), participated in a groundbreaking event on Nov. 18 for the Florida Municipal Solar Project. This large-scale solar energy project will enable OEU to provide renewable energy to its customers in a cost-effective way.
Considered one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the United States, the Florida Municipal Solar Project is a joint effort between OEU, 11 other Florida municipal electric utilities, Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and Florida Renewable Partners, LLC.
Florida Renewable Partners will own and operate the solar farms, while FMPA will serve as the project coordinator. OEU and the other participating municipal electric utilities will purchase power from the solar project. There are no up-front costs for the participating utilities companies, and OEU will only pay for the power it purchases.
“Through this partnership, we can offer Ocala customers affordable, emissions-free electricity. By purchasing the power, instead of building it, the City will not be responsible for maintenance or damages to the facility, which lowers our risk,” said Mike Poucher, Ocala Electric Utility Director. “This project adds more renewable energy to our power generation mix, and leverages the use of solar energy, allowing us to pass the savings on to our customers.”
OEU plans to purchase 10 megawatts of power from the Florida Municipal Solar Project. One megawatt serves approximately 200 typical residential electric customers in Florida.
Construction on phase one has begun and the project will continue through 2020. Once complete, the power output from this project will be equal to 37,250 average-size rooftop solar systems, which is enough to power 45,000 typical Florida homes.
Information about subscription services for City of Ocala residents will be available by March 2020. For more information on Ocala Electric Utility, visit www.ocalaelectric.org . Additional information about the Florida Municipal Solar Project can be found at www.fmpa.com.