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Offshore Wind Projects Receive Boost from Massachusetts and Biden Administration

LCG, March 31, 2021--The Governor of Massachusetts signed legislation last Friday that authorizes the state to direct utilities to purchase an additional 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by 2027.

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NV Energy's Greenlink Nevada Transmission Project Approved by PUCN

LCG, March 25, 2021--The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) on Monday approved proceeding with NV Energy's Greenlink Nevada transmission and renewable energy initiative. NV Energy's planned investment in Greenlink is over $2.5 billion.

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Duke Energy Florida Announces New Solar Power Plants to Reach 700 MW Commitment

LCG, June 4, 2020--Duke Energy Florida (DEF) yesterday announced the locations of its three newest solar power plants that will complete DEF's commitment to customers to provide 700 MW of clean energy by 2022. DEF currently has over 500 MW of solar generation under construction or in operation, excluding the three new sites. The company is investing an estimated $1 billion to build or purchase a total of 700 MW of solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022 in Florida and is planning to reach a total of almost 1,700 MW of solar generation over the next 10 years.

All three of the new sites will be built in Florida and use single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The single-axis tracking enables panels to track the movement of the sun to deliver more power from sunrise to sunset. Each facility will have an installed capacity of nearly 75 MW. The Duette Solar Power Plant (74.5 MW) will be built on approximately 520 acres in Manatee County; the Charlie Creek Solar Power Plant (74.9 MW) will be built on 610 acres in Hardee County; and the Archer Solar Power Plant (74.9 MW) will be built on 630 acres in Alachua County. All three solar power plants are expected to be finished in late 2021.

DEF recently completed two other Florida facilities. The 74.9-MW Columbia Solar Power Plant in Columbia County commenced providing power to the grid on March 17, 2020. The 74.5-MW DeBary Solar Power Plant in Volusia County began delivering power to the grid on May 14, 2020.

DEF also announced in January that it would build the Twin Rivers Solar Power Plant and the Santa Fe Solar Power Plant. The Twin Rivers Solar Power Plant will be built on 460 acres in Hamilton County, Florida and include approximately 235,000 tracking solar panel with a capacity 74.9 MW. The Santa Fe Solar Power Plant will be built on approximately 600 acres in Columbia County, Florida. Similar to the Twin Rivers Solar Power Plant, the 74.9-MW solar facility will include approximately 235,000 tracking solar panels with a capacity of 74.9 MW. DEF will develop, own, operate and maintain the solar energy facilities. The projects are scheduled to be operational by year-end.
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