Lakeland Electric, a utility based in Lakeland, Fla., and SunEdison, a solar energy services provider, have formed a public-private partnership to deploy 24 MW of solar energy.
According to the companies, the program will be the largest utility-sponsored PV solar program per metered customer in the U.S. to date, averaging 214 watts per meter among Lakeland Electric's approximately 112,000 customers.
Under the agreement, SunEdison will provide utility-scale solar energy services to Lakeland Electric. SunEdison will finance, build, own, operate, monitor and maintain PV solar energy systems for Lakeland Electric, therefore avoiding up-front capital equipment costs.
The full 24 MW of solar capacity will include ground-mount and rooftop systems throughout Lakeland Electric's service area.
Sources: SunEdison, Lakeland Electric