Central Florida's largest electric utilities have set solar panel installation high on their agendas for 2011, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The Orlando Utilities Commission is close to finalizing a 6-megawatt solar energy plant at its plant east of Orlando. Groundbreaking to kick off the effort is scheduled for next month and the plan should be in operation by the end of the year.
Regenesis Power will install and operate the panels, Duke Energy will oversee financing and the Orlando Utilities Commission will purchase some of the electricity generated by the plant.
Florida Power & Light is working on building on its portfolio of solar projects in Brevard County, where it presently has three in operation. It also is eyeing other parts of South Florida.
Florida Power & Light, which is recognized as the biggest utility in the state, last month activated the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee, the plant churns out 75 megawatts, which is enough to sustain 11,000 homes. The celebration of that solar plant will be this month.