Growing Solar Energy in Florida

Many customers want more renewable energy choices. Duke Energy Florida is dedicated to providing solar energy in an affordable, reliable and sustainable way.

We're shaping the energy future with cleaner, smarter solutions that our customers value.

Duke Energy is advancing a smarter energy future. Solar energy is part of that future and will help meet our customers' electricity needs. It's the reason we're working in our communities and with those who care about this resource to ensure solar continues to grow in Florida for the benefit of all our customers.

Continuing Our Strong Support for Solar

  • In 1988, Duke Energy Florida began working with solar technology at its universal solar array near the Econlockhatchee Trail.
  • Since 2003, Duke Energy Florida has funded more than $7 million for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at 50 K-12 schools to promote renewable energy education. Some of these schools also serve as emergency shelters.
  • In 2011, a Duke Energy affiliate brought the first solar power plant to Orange County, Fla. Duke Energy's Stanton Solar Farm produces more than 10 million kilowatt-hours annually for the Orlando Utilities Commission.
  • Since 2011, Duke Energy Florida has funded more than $8 million to assist retail customers installing solar at their own homes and businesses.
  • In 2016, Duke Energy completed a 5-megawatt (MW) solar power plant that serves the Reedy Creek Improvement District and its customers, like the Walt Disney World Resort.
  • In 2016, Duke Energy Florida opened two universal solar power plants – one in Osceola County (3.8 MW) and one in Taylor County (5.1 MW). 
  • In 2017, Duke Energy Florida's third universal solar power plant in Suwannee County (8.8 MW) came online.
  • In 2017, Duke Energy announced plans to add up to 700 MW between 2018 and 2022 as part of its broader vision to expand renewables for the benefit of all Florida customers. The Hamilton Solar Power Plant (74.9 MW) was the first project in the series to come online in December 2018 to meet that commitment.

Improving Our Communities with Clean Solar Energy

  • Duke Energy's Renewable Service Center connects more than 370 customers per month who use private rooftop solar. In total, these customers account for more than 55 MW of Florida solar.
  • About 80 low-income residential families are benefiting from solar thermal hot water heating systems funded by Duke Energy Florida.
  • Duke Energy Florida continues to partner with major universities, including the University of South Florida, University of Florida, St. Petersburg College and University of Central Florida, and has installed a 100-kilowatt solar PV system at each school to be used for educational research and development.
  • Duke Energy Florida partnered with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg to fund a $1 million solar PV installation that integrated an advanced energy storage system along with innovative and educational data reporting systems.
  • In 2016, Duke Energy provided supplemental solar curriculum lesson plans and activities and educational tools to Taylor County Elementary School.
  • In 2019, customers who want to promote solar in Florida, but either can't or don't want to install solar at their home or business, have increased access through the option of participating in Duke Energy Florida's Shared Solar program. 
  • In 2019, Duke Energy Florida continues to partner with the city of St. Petersburg to complete a solar parking canopy that will provide shaded parking at the new pier. 
  • By 2023, Duke Energy Florida will have approximately 14 universal solar power plants totaling 718 MW of clean solar power in Florida that will benefit all of its customers in the state. 

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