Duke Energy Florida (DEF) has announced the completion and operation of its 74.9 MW Hamilton Solar Power Plant in Jasper, Fla.
The plant’s carbon-free power is enough to energize more than 20,000 homes at peak production, according to DEF.
The Hamilton plant is part of the company’s strategic commitment to install or acquire 700 MW of solar energy in Florida through 2022. DEF currently owns and operates nearly 100 MW of solar energy resources throughout its regulated service territory.
The company broke ground on the Hamilton plant in July and brought it online on Dec. 22. The project, originally developed by Tradewind Energy Inc., was completed by Duke Energy.
Also in 2018, DEF announced plans to break ground this year on the Columbia Solar Power Plant in Fort White, Fla., a facility developed by Core Solar. DEF will own, operate and maintain the 74.9 MW project, which is expected to be fully operational in March 2020.
Together, the Hamilton and Columbia solar power plants are expected to eliminate approximately 645 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in Florida during their first year of commercial operation.
The Hamilton Solar Power Plant will be part of DEF’s new Shared Solar Program, providing customers with the opportunity to support the development of clean energy and reduce their environmental footprint. The Shared Solar program makes it possible for customers to participate in solar energy without installation on their property.
Customers can subscribe to blocks of clean energy coming from the Hamilton Solar Power Plant and three other participating projects in Taylor, Suwannee and Osceola counties. Residential, commercial and industrial customers are eligible to participate.