Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and Origis Energy announce a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for FL Solar 6, a new 50-MW large-scale solar project coupled with 12 MW of energy storage. The project represents the first utility-scale solar and storage project in the GRU service territory.
City Commissioners in Gainesville, Florida, moved the municipality closer to the realization of their 100% renewable energy resources by 2045 goal with their vote on July 16, 2020, approving the project. FL Solar 6 will be constructed in Alachua County, Florida, by Origis Energy.
FL Solar 6 is slated for completion by late 2022. With the 50-MW turn-key solar plant online, GRU will be able to provide solar to customers without upward rate pressure.
“GRU has long been a pioneer in renewable energy,” said GRU general manager Ed Bielarski. “FL Solar 6 is the next step toward meeting our goals of providing our entire community with affordable alternatives to fossil fuels and meeting our long-range goal of 100% renewable by 2045. It’s an all-around win for our customers, our city and the environment.”
“Solar + storage on this scale will help Gainesville achieve its 100% renewable energy goal,” said Johan Vanhee, chief commercial officer & chief procurement officer, Origis Energy. “We are honored to bring cost effective power to GRU customers and applaud City leaders as they continue to model clean energy leadership in the Sunshine state.”
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