The New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission is excited to announce our participation in Phase II of the Florida Municipal Solar Project – the first community solar project in our 54-year history! The entire project, coordinated by the Florida Municipal Power Agency, will consist of two 74.5 megawatt (MW) solar farms. Our portion of the output is 10 Megawatts (MW) of capacity, which will supply an estimated 25,000 MW hours annually- or approximately equal to the electricity consumed by 2,200 homes. "I'm excited we have the opportunity and ability to partner with FMPA on this project, adding solar resources into our power supply, said Joe Bunch, UCNSB’s General Manager/CEO. “This alternative power source will help us improve our sustainability, keep power costs low, and reduce our carbon footprint on the environment."
The two sites will total approximately 1,500 acres and will be built in Alachua and Putnam counties. The cost of power from Phase II will be lower than Phase I, which broke ground in November. The lower cost has resulted in FMPA member cities contracting for a greater amount of solar power in the second phase. There is no up-front cost for participating – we will only pay for power when it is produced. UCNSB plans to offer solar subscription options to our customers once the project is online, expected by 12/31/2023.
The 11 other utilities that will receive power as member-owners of FMPA participating in Phase II include: Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Havana, Homestead, Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Keys Energy Services (Key West), Kissimmee Utility Authority, Lake Worth Beach, Mount Dora, Newberry, Ocala and Winter Park. The builder, owner, and operator of Phase II is Origis Energy, a global clean energy solutions provider with more than 100 projects totaling over 1.6 gigawatts of developed solar and energy storage capacity.