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Duke Energy to add 500MW of solar in Florida

Workers install solar panels on a rooftop on February 20, 2015 at a home in Palmetto Bay, Florida. AFP PHOTO /KERRY SHERIDANKERRY SHERIDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Workers install solar panels on a rooftop on February 20, 2015 at a home in Palmetto Bay, Florida. AFP PHOTO /KERRY SHERIDANKERRY SHERIDAN/AFP/Getty Images AFP/Getty Images

Duke Energy says it will add up to 500 megawatts of solar power in Florida over the next decade.

Construction of the first site will begin later this year with 35 megawatts expected by 2018. Duke Energy Florida disclosed the solar additions in a 10-year plan filed Wednesday with the Florida Public Service Commission.

Duke said the investments in solar, combined with previous plans to build, upgrade or buy three natural gas-fired power plants, will allow it to retire half its coal-fired fleet in Florida by 2018.

Duke already owns the Stanton solar farm in Florida’s Orange County. Duke Energy Florida serves about 1.7 million customers.

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