HelioSage and Gulf Power to Build 120 MW of PV Projects for US Force in Florida

published: 2015-01-23 14:37 | editor: | category: News

HelioSage Energy, a developer of utility scale solar projects, and Gulf Power Company, a Florida investor-owned electric utility and subsidiary of Southern Company, have partnered with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy to develop large-scale solar projects on three military sites along the Florida Gulf Coast totaling 120 MW.

"This is an important collaboration between Gulf Power, the Navy, the Air Force, and HelioSage," said Stan Connally, Gulf Power President and CEO. "We're excited to be able to add solar energy to our generation mix. With some careful planning, we've been able to make sure these projects are cost-effective for our customers."

Following approval by the Florida Public Service Commission, HelioSage will develop, finance, and operate the solar projects. The power generated by the facilities will then be sold to Gulf Power under a long-term Energy Purchase Agreement. Collectively, the solar facilities will produce enough energy to power over 18,000 homes each year.

"These projects serve as another example that large-scale solar has become a cost-effective, proven technology, and one that will play a major role in the energy future of not only the Sunshine State, but the nation. We congratulate Gulf Power and the Military for their leadership and vision, and look forward to working together on this collaborative effort."

The solar facilities will be constructed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach (30 MW), Holley Naval Outlying Landing Field in Navarre (40 MW), and Saufley Naval Outlying Landing Field in Pensacola (50 MW). Construction is slated to begin early next year, with the projects reaching commercial operation by the fourth quarter of 2016.

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