Huge solar array to be built in Gadsden County

A Melbourne energy company announced plans to build its 400-megawatt solar panel farm in Gadsden County in a venture that will include Tallahassee area colleges and universities.

National Solar Power, which formed a year ago, plans to build 20 solar panel fields on 200 acres apiece over five years. The first 200-acre solar panel field would go online by the end of 2012.

The $1.5 billion project is expected to generate 400 jobs during the construction phase. The solar farms will maintain 120 permanent positions with average salaries of about $40,000 a year.

The 400-megawatt farm will provide enough power for 32,000 homes and will be the largest solar panel operation in the southeastern United States.

The company said it plans soon to announce a "meaningful" solar panel project for Hardee County.

Last month, the company announced that it would build the array in Florida but did not specify which county.

Huge solar array to be built in Gadsden County 09/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 7:30pm]

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