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JEA finalizes deal for three new solar facilities to reportedly supply electricity to 37,000 homes

JEA has entered into agreements to develop three renewable energy solar facilities within its service territory, marking an important step in the utility’s journey to a sustainable future.

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Collectively, these solar energy locations will generate 200 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to supply electricity to more than 37,000 households. The utility is also considering integrating battery storage with these solar sites to strengthen its 2030 clean energy goals.

“These solar facilities are an investment in sustainability and reduced emissions for our community for generations to come,” said JEA Interim Managing Director and CEO Vickie Cavey. “This is a critical step in helping us achieve our clean energy goals.”

JEA’s Integrated Resources Plan aims to reduce CO2 emissions and incorporate more zero-emission resources into the power plant fleet, with a target of 35% clean energy by 2030.

Florida Renewable Partners (FRP) will build, own and operate the three solar facilities, which will be critical to advancing clean energy in Northeast Florida. FRP will lease the land from JEA and sell the energy produced back to the utility under 35-year purchase power agreements, providing JEA with cost-effective access to new electricity generation.

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Permitting for the solar sites is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2024, with completion and energy production expected in late 2026.

JEA has been a proponent of solar energy since the 1990s, purchasing energy from eight solar sites ranging from 1 MW to 12 MW. The addition of the new sites will increase the share of solar energy in the JEA mix by 3%, complementing the current mix of approximately 10% nuclear energy and 4% other renewable energy sources.

At full capacity, the new solar facilities will provide enough electricity to power more than 37,000 homes in Northeast Florida, equivalent to avoiding nearly 200,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, or the greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 47,000 passenger cars that run for a year.

During the permitting process, FRP and JEA will ensure on-site wetlands conservation to maintain the sustainability of these new solar facilities for years to come.

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