US company National Solar Power has entered into a development agreement with Liberty County, Florida, that could see it construct solar facilities in the area up to a combined 100MW in size, an investment worth around $350m.
A maximum of five 200 acre, 20MW plants are planned at a cost of $70m each. National Solar expects this could create up to 100 jobs over a five-year construction period, followed by 25 permanent operational roles.
After local and state permitting processes have been completed, the first panels could be operational within six to eight months of breaking ground. Hensel Phelps Construction will design, build and operate the solar farms on behalf of national Solar.
James Scrivener, CEO of National Solar, said, ‘Florida is ripe with opportunities to establish successful solar-energy projects. We are thoroughly impressed with the high-level of enthusiasm we’re seeing from economic development, civic and elected leaders across the state. We are grateful to the Liberty County community for the warm welcome it has extended to us and stand ready to work with our new partners to build our new network of farms and begin harvesting the power of the sun.’
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