A proposed solar farm is getting a lot of love from county officials in Lake Mary, Florida, located just outside Orlando. An announcement from BlueChip Energy (BCE) indicates it has received swift approval from county commissioners and zoning officials to begin construction on what is being referred to as the largest privately owned solar farm in the state and one of the largest in the U.S.
Once completed, the Sorrento solar farm will occupy just under 200 rural acres in Lake County and provide an expected 40 megwawatts of power.
The Sorrento Solar Farm is expected to provide up to 250 construction and maintenance jobs and nearly 150 manufacturing jobs plus several million dollars in total wages.
Power generated from the solar plant is expected to displace over 25,000 tons of carbon CO2 annually while generating an around 64 million kilowatt hours per year, which is about enough to power around 8,000 typical Florida homes. The power produced will be sold to Progress Energy Florida under a power purchase agreement.
The fast-tracking of this solar project serves to support assertions that local policy is key in boosting solar project development within the United States.