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Projects Totaling 150 MW
Duke Energy has recently completed two solar projects in Florida’s Alachua and Suwannee counties as part of its Clean Energy Connection program portfolio. These sites are now delivering 150 MW of clean and renewable energy to the grid for Duke Energy’s Florida customers, which is equivalent to powering approximately 23,000 homes. With a combined investment of over $2 billion, the company plans to have 25 grid-tied solar power plants operational by 2024, providing around 1,500 MW of energy from roughly 5 million solar panels.
Melissa Seixas, the president of Duke Energy Florida, expressed her satisfaction with the progress and said that the company is on track to meet its goal of placing 21 solar projects in operation by the end of the year. By offering renewable energy options, Duke Energy is not only fulfilling its customer commitment to provide reliable, affordable, and clean energy, but it is also reducing fuel use, leading to cost savings for customers.
Through the Clean Energy Connection program, Duke Energy Florida customers can subscribe to solar power and receive credits toward their electricity bills without having to install or maintain any equipment. Customers can subscribe to a portion of solar energy from the company’s portfolio, and the monthly subscription fee helps pay for the construction and operation of renewable energy centers. This fee is conveniently added to customers’ regular electric bills. Customers also receive a corresponding subscription credit that represents their share of the energy produced by the solar centers in a given month, multiplied by the subscription credit rate, which increases over the life of the subscription.
Enrolled income-qualified customers can enjoy immediate bill savings as the monthly credits they receive are always greater than the program fees. Customers can qualify for this program if they are participating in any of the following programs: Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP-EBT, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Duke Energy Neighborhood Energy Saver.
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