The city of Tallahassee, Florida and Origis Energy have recently joined forces to bring a new 20-megawatt solar farm to the Tallahassee area. The farm will consist of 90,000 solar panels constructed and maintained by Origis Energy.
The ground was broken on the project this week near the Tallahassee International Airport. Upon completion, the solar farm will be able to power 3,400 home and business in Tallahassee, through 120-acres of solar panels producing 37 million kilowatt hours of energy a year.
“As Florida’s Capital City, we are thrilled to harness the Sunshine State’s most renewable energy source for our community’s use,” says Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee. “Offering Tallahassee residents the ability to customize their participation in our solar program is an innovative way to keep our City Utility among the best in the nation and ensure we are preserving our energy resources for years to come.”
The energy generated by the solar farm will be fed into Tallahassee’s electric grid, and Tallahassee Solar will let customers choose their level of participation in the solar program, with 25, 50 and 100 percent options available.
“The City of Tallahassee leads the state of Florida in solar development. This includes their use of solar as a clean energy source and their innovative Tallahassee Solar subscription program,” said Johan Vanhee, Origis Energy’s managing director of operations and business development.
The city of Tallahassee is apparently aiming to keep that lead, as they have appointed staff to plan a second solar farm. The newly proposed solar farm will be a 40 megawatt one, which will produce enough energy for almost 6,800 homes and businesses.