Tallahassee's first solar farm brings light to the Capital City

By: Mariel Carbone
January 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—The City of Tallahassee’s first solar farm is fully up and operating.

The farm, which is located at the Tallahassee International Airport, was fully integrated into the city’s power grid on Monday.

“We’re really excited about this farm coming on line,” said Rob McGarrah, General Manager of COT’s Electric Utilities. “It’s one of the larger farms for a utilities this size. It makes the city move significantly farther down the road of becoming more dependent on renewable clean energy.”

The farm consists of 240,000 solar panels and sits on 120 acres of land. The power generated will make up about two percent of the city’s total energy output and can energize about 3,400 homes.

For those who have opted into the solar program, energy will be delivered much like it has been in the past, as if the panels had been installed on their own roofs.

“Our customers that have subscribed to our solar facility, it’s not much different than if they had it on their home. We’re delivering it to them through the same system that they’ve got, but it’s the energy that’s going into that system that starts off being from the solar facility instead of a gas fired, or coal fired, or nuclear or any other technologies that
the industry has,” said McGarrah.

A second farm is set to be complete in about a year.

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