Solar Project

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The “Solar PV Demonstration Facility and Climate-Change Education Center”

This “solar project” was conceived in the summer of 2006, while drafting of a grant application for the Florida Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) Grant Program. Several Orange County departments, including the Convention Center and the Environmental Protection Division, partnered with the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), and other organizations to obtain a $2.5M grant award, toward this $8.8M project.

Project Summary
This project has five primary components: a one-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) system, four 10-kilowatt PV systems, a 3000 square foot Climate-Change Education Center, a statewide marketing program, and an economic development program. The showcase one-megawatt PV system is the largest rooftop PV system in the southeast United States. The four smaller “experimental” PV systems were selected to demonstrate several promising PV technologies. The education center and its marketing program will promote the use of renewable energy, while helping to educate the public on climate change issues. The economic development program will help create RET jobs, and it will attract capital investments by RET companies in central Florida.

Energy Production
The one-megawatt system will produce approximately 1,300 megawatt hours of electricity per year (this is equivalent to the power used by 100 typical homes). To view live, and historical, data on the energy produced by the five PV systems mentioned above click here.

One-megawatt PV System (as seen from a security camera)




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