Floating Solar Power Plants

Floating Solar Power Plants

Floating solar photovoltaic system in Florida

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) recently completed in partnership with Ciel & Terre and D3 Energy their first full-fledged US project the largest floating solar photovoltaic system in Florida to date. Florida has an annual average of 230 days of sunshine making PV systems the perfect renewable energy resource. The main challenge is to identify a more efficient alternative way to harness and reuse this powerful source of energy.
Compared to rooftop and ground mounted solar systems, Florida is a prime location within the US to install Ciel & Terre’s patented large-scale floating PV technology known as Hydrelio ®.

Its proven track record with other international projects created a reliable and credible partnership with D3 Energy and OUC. Made in the USA, the Hydrelio® floating array is composed of 100 crystalline photovoltaic panels and will generate up to 51,000 kWh per year. It allows standard solar PV panels to be installed on man-made bodies of water such as industrial reservoirs, storm water retention areas, dams or irrigation ponds. In this case, it was installed on a storm water storage reservoir located at OUC’s Gardenia facility.

As the first floating array of its size in Florida, OUC will use this project as a benchmark in order to promote more efficient ways to deploy floating PV systems in its service area.

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