Duke Energy Builds 1-MW Floating Solar Array atop Florida Cooling Pond

Dec. 18, 2023
The floating solar array comprises of more than 1,800 solar panels floating on 2 acres of water surface on an existing cooling pond at the Duke Energy Hines Energy Complex in Bartow. The bifacial solar panels absorb light from both sides.

Duke Energy has completed a 1-MW floating solar project in Florida, as part of its Vision Florida program.
The floating solar array comprises of more than 1,800 solar panels floating on 2 acres of water surface on an existing cooling pond at the Duke Energy Hines Energy Complex in Bartow. The bifacial solar panels absorb light from both sides, which are capable of producing 10-20 percent more power, as compared to their single-sided counterparts.
The module floating system was assembled on land in segments before securing it with anchors in the water, which took about six months to construct and connect to the grid.
The utility’s Vision Florida agenda is set to test decarbonization projects such as green hydrogen, hydrogen produced from sources other than fossil fuels and various battery energy storage technologies to prepare the power grid for a cleaner energy future.
Recently, Duke Energy announced plans to build a green hydrogen production and storage system connected to its existing solar site in Volusia County.
Additionally, the company plans to operate 25 grid-tied solar power plants by 2024 to provide about 1,500 MW of emission-free generation and benefit its 1.9 million Florida customers.

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