Florida Solar Plant!

Posted by Trish Riley, June 26, 2010

Huge and exciting news…. New solar power plant planned for Panhandle! The big question- which utility is quietly considering buying the power? Gainesville Regional to replace the biomass idea? Progress Energy or FP&L to replace the nuclear plan? Let’s hope!

FREEPORT – A fledgling solar power company says it plans to build its first photovoltaic plant in the Florida Panhandle.

Shelton Stone, president of Energy Farm Inc., said Friday the $300 million facility capable of supplying 12,000 homes will be built on 550 acres near Freeport in Walton County.

Stone, an architect, said the Grayton Beach-based company in about 45 days expects to announce a deal for selling more than half of the 74-megawatt plant’s electrical output to a Florida utility he declined to name.

He said Energy Farm is negotiating with Florida and out-of-state utilities for sale of the remaining capacity.

Some of the solar power will produce hydrogen for fuel cells to generate electricity after sunset.

– The Associated Press