Orlando Boosting Solar Commitment

posted by Alan McBride -

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Thursday that the City of Orlando will subscribe to 4.8 megawatts of solar energy per year.

The announcement was made at the Solar Farm of OUC.

Dyer's target is the equivalent of taking City Hall and all 17 Orlando Fire Department stations off of non-renewable energy sources.

According to a release from Dyer's office, subscribing to the community solar farm is part of the city’s Green Works Orlando sustainability efforts and supports Mayor Dyer’s goal of having 100 percent of municipal electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.

Officials say the city will utilize 14,267 of the community solar farm’s 37,544 solar panels, which is about 37 percent of the total array. 

The remaining solar output will be offered to OUC’s residential and commercial customers.T

he city says this solar subscription will lead to a reduction of 6.1 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and help prevent 2.9 tons of coal from being burned.

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