HelioSage Energy has partnered with Gulf Power to develop 120 MW of solar energy projects for US Navy and Air Force in Florida.
The new capacity will be divided into three projects including 50 MW solar PV project at the Saufley Naval Outlying Landing Field in Pensacola, a 40 MW project at the Holley Naval Outlying Landing Field in Navarre and a 30 MW project at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach.
The projects will be operated by HelioSage after completion. Power purchase agreements have been made with Gulf Power.
Construction is expected to begin in the first months of 2016.
On completion, the three projects will be the largest solar PV power plants in Florida and three of the largest on the whole of the East Coast.
Until now, the largest solar plant in the state is the 75 MW Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Martin County. The state also has a 25 MW DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center completed in 2009.
The project, spread across three different sites across state’s Gulf Coast, will help make the military’s energy infrastructure in the region more resilient.
Florida follows a net metering system, which lets any customer generating up to 2 MW to use the net metering facility.