Gulf Power to build 1 MW Community Solar Project in Northwest Florida

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Last week, Gulf Power announced the filing of its latest solar project — Gulf Solar Energy Share. The pilot program will be the first community solar program in Northwest Florida.

The program was created to address customer interest in solar energy. It will consist of a one MW PV array. The facility will be owned and operated by Gulf Power.

Customers will pay an annual subscription fee and then receive a monthly credit on their energy bill.

“Gulf Solar makes solar energy accessible to the average homeowner, renter or business owner,” said Rick DelaHaya, Gulf Power spokesperson. “We’re excited to bring more renewables to Northwest Florida and give customers a new option to participate in solar without having to install a costly system on their roof.”

Once approved, this will be Gulf Power’s fourth solar project of the year. The utility is currently working with the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Air Force to build three additional solar projects. These installations will be constructed at Eglin Air Force Base, NAS Whiting Field, and NAS Sauffley Field. When complete, these projects will provide a combined total of 120 MW of solar.