OUC Dedicates 1st Community Solar Farm in Orlando – (Only the 2nd in Florida)

Oct 28, 2013

OUC Parking Lot is Now Transformed into Solar Garden

– Join OUC – The Reliable One for the dedication of its brand new Community Solar Farm at 3800 Gardenia Avenue (just west of 39th Street and John Young Parkway) on Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m.

OUC customers recently had the unique opportunity to subscribe to solar power, so they’ll receive the benefits of solar power without the hassle or upfront costs associated with installing it.  The subscribing customers will pay a slightly higher rate for the solar power — about three cents more per kilowatt hour (kWh) — but that rate is locked in for the next 25 years. It also allows customers who rent the ability to invest in solar. About 55 percent of OUC customers live in multi-family housing.

The solar farm began producing power earlier this month and now 1,312 solar panels are generating 400 kilowatts (kW) of power at OUC’s Gardenia Operations facility next to I-4. The panels are on three canopies, which have created 151 covered LED-lit parking spaces.

A total of 39 customers have subscribed to the Community Solar Farm. Each kW of the farm’s 400 kW was sold in blocks, with a limit of 15 blocks per customer. Each block represents 112 kWh on a customer’s monthly bill, so the maximum benefit per customer is 1,680 kWh. The average OUC residential customer uses about 1,200 kWh. Any unused power would create a billing credit.

ESA Renewables will own and operate the array. OUC has agreed to purchase power for the next 25 years.

OUC Board President Dan Kirby, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Florida’s Office of Energy Director Patrick Sheehan and ESA Renewables Chief Operating Officer Lindsay Herold are scheduled to speak at the event. All of the 39 subscribers to the project have been invited as well.

Please RSVP to MediaRelations@OUC.com  if you plan on attending the event, or if you have any questions.

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 228,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit OUC.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability. 

ESA Renewables, LLC (ESA) is an alternative energy provider, focused on delivering turnkey commercial and industrial photovoltaic projects to customers worldwide. ESA Renewables’ complete scope of services has resulted in over 500 installations worldwide involving 45 different utility companies. From viability studies and project development to engineering, construction, monitoring, commissioning and obtaining the necessary administrative permits, ESA does it all. Visit esa.com for more information.