By Lake Worth Beach Electric UtilityNovember 18, 2019
Florida Municipal Utilities Break Ground on Major Solar Project
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 18, 2019 – Lake Worth Beach’s electric utility has joined with other Florida municipal electric utilities in the newly formed Florida Municipal Solar Project, an effort led by the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA). The project represents one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation.
“We are pleased to start construction on a project of this size, which will enable us to provide affordable, emissions-free solar power to our customers,” said FMPA’s Jacob Williams, general manager and CEO of the Orlando-based wholesale power agency. “By working together, the cities can build a larger, more efficient facility to help make solar energy cost effective.”
Ed Liberty Lake Worth Beach Electric Utility Director
Two development companies with significant portfolios of solar and renewable projects nationally and internationally have been selected to construct the facilities at up to 5 sites in the state of Florida. FMPA will have power purchase agreements with the development companies extending 20 years, with energy deliveries expected to begin by 2023. Lake Worth Beach and its fellow municipal utilities will in turn purchase the solar power from FMPA who will also oversee the projects and represent the interests of the participants.
The two development companies are Florida Renewable Partners, LLC, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), and FL Solar, LLC a unit of Origis Energy.