Duke Energy today announced the completion and operation of its new 74.9MW Hamilton Solar Power Plant in Jasper, Fla.
The plant's carbon-free power is enough to energize more than 20,000 homes at peak production. Across Duke Energy's Florida service territory, the company's 1.8 million customers - and the environment - are now benefiting from approximately 300,000 solar panels that generate clean, renewable energy.
"Duke Energy solar projects bring the greatest amount of renewable energy on line for customers in the most efficient and economical way," said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida state president. "Building solar power plants like Hamilton is part of our ongoing strategy to offer sustainable, diverse and smarter energy solutions that our customers have told us they value."
The company broke ground for the Hamilton plant in July 2018 and brought it online Dec. 22. The project, originally developed by Tradewind Energy Inc., was completed by Duke Energy.
Together, the Hamilton and Columbia solar power plants are expected to eliminate approximately 645 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in Florida during their first year of commercial operation. That's the equivalent of taking 63,000 passenger cars off the road.