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SACE Applauds Gulf Power’s Solar Proposal in Florida

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Clean Energy advocates praise proposal as step in the right direction to embrace solar as part of the solution

Tampa, Fla. – Today, Gulf Power announced it filed an application at the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) seeking approval for 3 utility-scale solar projects to be located in North Florida. The projects, if approved, will total 120 MW of solar, and will be located at the Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Holley Field in Navarre, and Saufley Field in Pensacola. This joint effort between Gulf Power, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and HelioSage will help meet the Department of Defense’s goal of achieving 25% renewables by 2025, and will safely and cost-effectively meet energy generation needs in Florida. According to a Gulf Power spokesman, this project, if approved, will be the largest solar project in Florida.

In response to today’s announcement, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy made this statement:

“The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) applauds today’s announcement from Gulf Power and the United States military to invest in solar energy as an important resource for the state of Florida and for our nation.

The military has correctly identified that using solar energy to diversify its energy mix and build resilience for its energy infrastructure is good news for national security and for taxpayers.

SACE recognizes that utility scale solar is an important part of a robust and strong solar market. Large projects like this one can bring tremendous value to ratepayers in the state of Florida. When coupled with smart investments at both the commercial and residential scale, utility-scale projects form the third leg of a vibrant solar market that is greatly needed in the Sunshine State.

SACE applauds Gulf Power for their leadership in executing this deal. Through years of working closely with the family of Southern Company subsidiaries in our region, SACE has been very pleased with Georgia Power’s leadership on solar in Georgia and we welcome this step from Gulf Power in neighboring Florida.

We look forward to working with Gulf Power and other utilities in the state of Florida to continue to develop the tremendous solar potential that the Sunshine State has to offer.”

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Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergy.org