KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 30, 2020 – Customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority and five other Florida public power utilities are now receiving energy from the first two solar farms that are part of the Florida Municipal Solar Project, a large-scale renewable energy project that will enable KUA to provide solar power in the most cost-effective way. The Florida Municipal Solar Project is a partnership between the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and 16 Florida public power utilities.
Located in Central Florida, the two solar sites generate a total of 149 megawatts of emissions-free energy – enough to power 30,000 homes. KUA is among the first six Florida cities to receive power from the project. One megawatt serves approximately 200 typical residential electric customers in Florida.
There were no up-front costs for the participating municipal electric utilities, and KUA will only pay for the power it purchases.
The group is building five solar farms totaling 1.5 million solar panels that will generate nearly 375 megawatts by the end of 2023. FMPA is the project coordinator. Florida Renewable Partners is the owner operator of three solar sites in Phase 1, and Origis Energy will develop two solar sites in Phase II. This is the first large utility-scale solar project for FMPA and its members.
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 80,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla. For more information, visit https://kua.com.