Duke Vitality Florida says its first floating photo voltaic array pilot will start building later this month in Polk County.
The just about 1-MW floating photo voltaic array will characteristic greater than 1,800 floating photo voltaic modules and occupy roughly 2 acres of water floor on an present cooling pond on the Duke Vitality Hines Vitality Advanced in Bartow.
“We’re excited to get hands-on expertise with Duke Vitality Florida’s first floating photo voltaic venture at one in every of our personal energy plant websites,” says Melissa Seixas, Duke Vitality Florida state president. “Distinctive pilots like floating photo voltaic are serving to us higher perceive the capabilities of revolutionary clear vitality applied sciences that may profit our Florida clients and communities now and sooner or later.”
Crews will assemble and assemble the module floating system on land in segments earlier than securing it with anchors within the water. The venture will take roughly 5 to 6 months.
The pilot is a part of Duke Vitality’s Imaginative and prescient Florida program, which is designed to check revolutionary initiatives similar to microgrids and battery vitality storage, amongst others, to arrange the facility grid for a clear vitality future.
Duke Vitality Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Vitality, owns 10,500 MW of vitality capability, supplying electrical energy to 1.9 million residential, industrial and industrial clients throughout a 13,000-square-mile service space in Florida.