OUC to dedicate solar project today
Originally published October 29, 2013
The Orlando Utilities Commission in Florida will dedicate its new Community Solar Farm today.
The solar farm began producing electricity earlier this month and its 1,312 solar panels are producing 400 kilowatts of power, the city-owned utility said. The panels are on three canopies, which have created more than 150 covered parking spaces lit with LED lights, OUC said.
The utility has invited its customers to subscribe to solar power produced at the project.The subscribing customers will pay a slightly higher rate for the solar power -- about three cents more per kilowatt-hour. That rate is locked in for the next 25 years.
A total of 39 customers have subscribed to the Community Solar Farm.The solar power was sold in blocks. Each block represents 112 kWh on a customer’s monthly bill. There is a limit of 15 blocks per customer, so a customer can subscribe to as much as 1,680 kWh.
The average residential customer in the area uses about 1,200 kWh. Any unused power would create a billing credit, OUC said.
Customers who are renters also can invest in solar power, OUC said, noting that about 55 percent of its customers live in multi-family housing.
ESA Renewables will own and operate the array. OUC has agreed to purchase the solar power for the next 25 years.
A video posted on YouTube shows the solar panels and also offers a time-lapse view.
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