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Duke Energy Florida announces next solar energy installation

Duke Energy Florida announced the next phase of its push for more solar energy: the Columbia Solar Power Plant in Columbia County. Pictured is a Duke Energy solar array in Osceola County in 2016. [Courtesy of Duke Energy Florida, 2016]
Duke Energy Florida announced the next phase of its push for more solar energy: the Columbia Solar Power Plant in Columbia County. Pictured is a Duke Energy solar array in Osceola County in 2016. [Courtesy of Duke Energy Florida, 2016]
Published Aug. 1, 2018

Duke Energy Florida's next phase of its push for more solar energy will be the construction of the Columbia Solar Power Plant in Columbia County by March 2020. The project is part of the Pinellas County utility's plan to add 700 megawatts of solar power by 2021.

When completed, the Columbia plant will produce 74.9 megawatts, enough to power about 20,000 homes. Customers would not be charged for this portion of the project until 2020. They will be charged beginning in 2019 for another portion of the project — the 74.9-megawatt Hamilton Solar Power Plant — which is currently under construction in Hamilton County.

"These projects represent our commitment to more fuel diversity in the state and to rapidly expand renewable generation for our Florida customers' benefit," Duke Energy Florida president Catherine Stempien said in an announcement of the Columbia project.

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Contact this reporter at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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