Origis Energy to build solar + storage in Florida

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), a municipal electric utility in Florida, will be the off-taker of a 50-MW solar park with an integrated storage component that will be built by Origis Energy Ltd.

The Florida-based company and GRU, owned by the City of Gainesville, have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) that supports the city’s goal of sourcing all of its power from renewables by 2045. The contract signing was announced by Origis Energy on Friday.

Power under the agreement will come from the FL Solar 6 park, which will be installed within GRU’s service territory in Florida’s Alachua County and will go live by the end of 2022. The power plant will be coupled with a 12-MW energy storage system.

According to its website, GRU currently has 93,000 retail and wholesale customers in Gainesville and the surrounding areas. Its renewable energy assets include a 103-MW biomass complex, around 27 MW of solar plants and some landfill gas facilities.

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