A Melbourne firm planning to build a 400-megawatt complex of solar farms picked four rural counties in Florida as its anticipated location over competing areas in Georgia and North Carolina.
National Solar Power said it narrowed its choice of Florida locations to Gadsden, Hardee, Osceola and Suwannee counties. The four counties now are in the running to host the proposed $1.5 billion renewable energy project, which would operate as a complex of 20 separate, 20-megawatt solar farms.
The final decision, expected in several weeks, will depend on which counties have the best available land and incentive packages.
Once the solar farms are built, the bulk of electricity generated is expected to be sold to Progress Energy Florida and smaller area municipal and cooperative utilities.