ORLANDO - Construction will soon begin on the county's first solar farm at the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center in east Orange County. The solar farm will add to an already diverse fleet of clean, reliable generation at OUC’s 3,280-acre Stanton Energy Center, which is home to natural gas, landfill gas and coal.
The 6 Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power more than 600 homes. OUC, which partnered with Duke Energy and Regenesis Power LLC to install, operate and maintain the system, plans to purchase that power for the next 20 years.
“The solar farm not only increases OUC’s portfolio of clean generation, it also provides the opportunity to study the impact a large-scale solar array will have on our electric distribution system,” said OUC Board President Maylen Dominguez.
OUC customers who travel along Innovation Way will be able to see the solar generation that will be providing renewable energy to their homes and businesses. The more than 25,000 PV modules that will be easily visible from the road when the project is completed later this year.
The solar panels will feature a patented single-axis tracking system that increases electricity output by up to 30 percent and can withstand hurricane-force winds in the stow position.
Photos: SOLAR SHOWCASE (Top Right): An artist's rendering of OUC's Stanton Solar Farm, which will be visible from its location along Innovation Way.
FLORIDA-PROOF DESIGN (Bottom Right): The solar farm's panels will feature a patented single-axis tracking system that increases electricity output by up to 30 percent and can withstand hurricane-force winds in the stow position.
STANTON SOLAR FARM BY THE NUMBERS
||Solar modules that will comprise the array.
||Homes the electricity generated by the array will serve.
||Tons of steel that will be used to support the modules.
||Miles-per hour sustained wind gust that will prompt the panels to slide into a horizontal, hurricane-proof position.
||Miles of wire that will connect the modules to the electric grid.
About OUC—The Reliable One: Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 221,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.