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FMPA Celebrates Earth Day with Solar Project Website Launch

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Public Relations Specialist Florida Municipal Power Agency

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities in Florida.

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Website shows near real-time solar generation and associated environmental benefits

ORLANDO, Fla., April 22, 2021 – Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) launched a new website today that enables the public to view near real-time solar power output from the agency’s solar energy centers along with the associated environmental benefits.

FMPA partnered with 16 municipal electric utilities in Florida to create the Florida Municipal Solar Project, one of the largest municipal-back projects of its type.

“We’re excited to show the benefits of our cities’ investment in solar power,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams. “This solar project is the most economical way for our cities and their customers to get solar energy, and we are proud to show them the environmental benefits created through our efforts.”

The Harmony Solar Energy Center located in St. Cloud, Fla., and the Taylor Creek Solar Energy Center in east Orange County near Wedgefield are the first two operating solar sites in the project. The two solar sites provide clean, emissions-free energy to six Florida cities, including Fort Pierce, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Ocala and Orlando.

Since coming online in June 2020, the two solar sites have generated nearly 300,000 megawatt hours, enough energy to power approximately 38,000 homes per year. The sites have also reduced carbon emissions equivalent to:

  • Eliminating approximately 210,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide
  • Taking more than 45,000 vehicles off the road annually
  • Planting approximately 3.5 million trees in 10 years

The project will add three more solar farms in 2023 for a total of 1.5 million solar panels that will generate nearly 375 megawatts.

The 16 local utilities that will purchase power from the project include: Alachua, Bartow, Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Havana, Homestead, Keys Energy Services (Key West), Kissimmee Utility Authority, Lake Worth Beach, Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Ocala, Orlando Utilities Commission, Wauchula and Winter Park. These cities are member-owners of FMPA along with 15 other municipal utilities.

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Audra Drazga on Apr 23, 2021

Melisa,

Thanks for sharing what your team is doing!  Curious are you running any marketing campaigns to promote the new site and to encourage the consumer to check it out?  

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Melisa Inanc on Apr 28, 2021

Hi Audra,

Thanks for your message. Our website's goal is to show the solar power generation from the Florida Municipal Power Project to the project participants and the environmental benefits associated with it. We will continue to promote the project and its benefits to our members and the customers they serve.

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Henry Craver on May 3, 2021

Thanks for the post, Melisa. I get an "access denied" message when I try to open the link to the website. This might be because I'm not in the U.S. right now? I'd really like to check out the site. 

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