Duke Energy to build ‘Disney-inspired’ solar plant in Florida

Charlotte-based Duke Energy said Wednesday it will soon build and operate a solar facility near Disney World.

Duke Energy Florida Solar Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Florida, said it will sell solar energy from the 5-megawatt facility to the Reedy Creek Improvement District near Orlando. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Construction on the 20-acre facility is expected to begin in midsummer, and the facility will be operational by the end of the year. In a statement, Duke said the facility’s 48,000 solar panels will be arranged in the shape of a “Disney-inspired” design.

“This opportunity to serve the Reedy Creek Improvement District is another example of how we are meeting our customers’ interests in renewable energy, while bringing more solar choices to Florida,” Alex Glenn, president of Duke Energy Florida, said in the statement.

Last month, Duke Energy Florida announced plans to build up to 500 megawatts of solar in 2024 as part of a 10-year plan.

The utility company is expanding its solar footprint elsewhere, too. Last September, the company announced plans to spend $500 million on solar in North Carolina. The company also said earlier this month it reached an agreement with South Carolina environmental and business groups that could result in increased solar energy use for residents.

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