Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held February 8th.
Lakeland Electric, in partnership with the City of Lakeland and NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), announced the completion of construction on a 3.15 megawatt (MW) AC solar power plant. The Medulla Road Solar Farm will supply electricity to Lakeland Electric, the third largest public power utility in the state of Florida.
The Medulla Road Solar Farm spans approximately 65 acres and its 11,640 solar panels are expected to generate enough energy to power more than 1,000 homes. The project will avoid the emission of almost 12 million pounds of carbon dioxide. “Utilities like Lakeland Electric are driving an evolution in America’s energy mix as they seek cleaner sources of power that provide additional certainty over energy costs,” said Craig Cornelius, Senior Vice President of NRG Energy and head of NRG’s Renewables group. “We’re proud to partner with the team at Lakeland on this solar power project and look forward to the renewable energy it will bring to the community for decades to come.”
In addition to the 3.15 MW Medulla Road Solar Farm, Lakeland Electric currently pulls power from three other projects located within Lakeland Electric territory. The total solar power capacity of the portfolio under the Master Agreement is expected to produce almost 15 MW. “Our customers told us they wanted renewable energy. We are excited to expand our portfolio with clean, reliable renewable energy, which will enable us to give our customers predictably priced low-cost electricity for years to come,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric.
The completion of the solar power plant will be commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 8th, 2017 at 9:30 am. City of Lakeland Commissioners, Mayor Howard Wiggs, City Manager Tony Delgado, Lakeland Electric General Manager Joel Ivy, and former Lakeland Electric Alternative Energy Coordinator Jeff Curry will all be in attendance. NRG Energy representatives, including Vice President Gin Kinney, will be in attendance as well as. Lakeland officials will take time to honor its former solar expert, Jeff Curry, who retired in November 2016 after a 40+ year career in the solar industry. We appreciate his hard work and dedication to alternative energy projects through the years.
Operation and maintenance of the solar farm will be performed by NRG Energy Services, which provides nationwide services to operate, maintain and repair electric-generation facilities.
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