The Future Is Bright For Central Florida
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Yes, the future is surely bright for Central Florida! As the City of Orlando and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One) launch an exciting new pledge called “2030 Solar Pledge”, encouraging businesses, academia, NGO’s, and residents to commit transitioning to 100% renewable energy for their operations by 2030, using the OUCommunity Solar program or installing on-site solar, in alignment with Orlando’s climate goals.
In the video published on Oct 19, 2021, “Orlando announces campaign to move businesses to 100% solar energy by 2030“, below:
The City has subscribed 55 buildings that require 6.5 MW of solar power through the OUCommunity Solar program, powering 100% of the Orlando City Hall, all Orlando Fire Stations, the Orlando Police HQ, 12 neighborhood centers, and 21 City parks. And the good news is we have a lot more to come.
The #2030SolarPledge was launched with 6 founding members, including the City of Orlando, the University of Central Florida downtown campus, Correct Craft boat manufacturing, City of St. Cloud, FL , Orange County Government, and the Orlando City Soccer Club Exploria stadium.
If you are an OUC customer, either commercial or residential, and interested in joining the movement, please know you are welcome and visit http://OUC.com/SolarPledge.
To find out more about OUCommunity Solar, please click HERE.or see below:
The OUCommunity Solar gives OUC’s residential and business customers access to sustainable, maintenance-free solar energy without the hassles and costs associated with installing panels on their homes or businesses.
Features & Benefits
- No up-front expenses, installation or equipment maintenance costs
(On average, a 5 kW photovoltaic array can cost $15,000 or more to install)
- No rooftops required
(great for renters, condo owners and those whose rooftops are shaded by trees or nearby buildings)
- Ability to move with you to another residence or business in OUC’s service territory
- Clean, green renewable energy at an affordable price
Community Solar Rate
Residential and commercial electric customers can subscribe for all or a portion of their monthly electric bill to be powered by solar energy. Customers can opt for a percentage of their electric usage in 10 percent increments at a fixed solar rate of .045 per kWh in lieu of the normal fuel charge portion of their bill.
Click on the image above to see an example of how a Community Solar charge will appear on your bill. Billing amounts are based on a customer using 1,200 kWh and electing 20% of their energy to come from solar.
To see some of earlier solar projects at OUC, below:
Plans continue for Orlando Utilities Commission to expand its solar energy production in the coming years, in the video published on Sep 1, 2020, “UCF engineering students help OUC improve solar energy efficiency“, below:
On February 9 & 10, 2017, OUC installed a unique floating solar array on a large pond next to its Gardenia Operations Center between John Young Parkway and I-4, in the video published on Feb 13, 2017, “OUC Floating Solar Array“, below:
Some call it the future of power usage, and Central Florida is not staying behind the trend, in the video published on Jul 11, 2018, “Video: Behind the scenes of OUC’s solar test site“, below:
Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on what is now the largest combined solar farm in Orange County and one of the most unique in the United States. 37,544 solar panels capable of generating nearly 13 megawatts of energy occupy a total of 24 acres, in the video published on June 27, 2017, “Aerial View of OUC Solar Farm in East Orange County“, below:
The Reliable One’s new innovative Community Solar Farm in this video featuring Eva Reyes and Jen Szaro in Orlando, FL, in the video published on Oct 18, 2013, “OUC’s Community Solar Farm”, below:
In the video published on Sep 10, 2010, “OUC Solar Energy“, below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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