Progress Energy hits 1 megawatt capacity from solar energy systems
Anika Myers Palm | Sentinel Staff Writer
The total capacity from Progress Energy’s solar energy generation systems collectively reached 1,000 kilowatts earlier this month, the company said Monday.
"This milestone is significant because it represents real solar power interconnected with the electricity grid and is the result of years of collaboration with our customers," Jeff Lyash, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy Florida, said in a prepared statement. "We believe that cost-effective, reliable solar power will play an important role in our balanced strategy to address the challenge of global climate change."
The company reached the 1 megawatt capacity with the interconnection of a customer-owned 60-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system in Oviedo on March 9. The company has more than 140 solar photovoltaic systems connected to its Florida energy grid. Customers who participate in the company’s interconnection agreements can sell excess power from the solar photovoltaic systems back to Progress Energy.
Progress Energy provides power to more than 1.6 million Florida customers across 20,000 square miles.