Melbourne, Florida – National Solar Power today announced, after a deliberative, exhaustive and comprehensive search process, it has narrowed its list to four communities in Florida to become the home of the world’s largest solar farm. The announcement means Gadsden, Hardee, Osceola and Suwannee counties are in the running to host the landmark $1.5 billion renewable energy project.
“We have been impressed by all of the communities we have considered. After careful consideration, we’ve determined the Sunshine State will provide the most attractive site for our first solar project,” said National Solar Power CEO James Scrivener.
Our friends in Georgia and North Carolina were deeply interested in this project. The communities we have visited and considered in those states remain viable options for our company’s growth plans in the future.
In June, the company announced seven communities (including the Florida counties along with Sumter and Tatnall counties in Georgia and Guilford County in North Carolina) were in the running to become home of the world’s largest solar farm.
The company established a set of criteria in selecting its community partner for the solar farm location including:
Finding ideal available sites with adequate supply of undeveloped land that can properly meet infrastructure needs related to the establishment of the solar facility;
Receiving appropriate business, government and community support;
Qualifying for appropriate economic development and tax incentives; and
Access to a qualified work force.
“All of the communities we have considered would make excellent homes for the kind of solar project we will establish,” Scrivener added. “The communities in North Carolina and Georgia are great places with excellent opportunities for success. That’s why we will keep our talks with them ongoing as we consider the future growth of our company and this exciting solar industry.”
The first phase of the project is expected to be up and running within six months of breaking ground. Hensel Phelps Construction Co., a world leader in construction that rebuilt the Pentagon after the 9-11 attacks in 2001, will design, build and operate the solar farms for National Solar Power.
By converting the natural power of the sun into electricity, National Solar Power’s planned 400-megawatt farm will be capable of providing enough renewable energy to power roughly 32,000 homes.
National Solar Power was established to meet the growing demand in the utility market for renewable energy generation by providing utilities with cost-effective solar solutions. The company has entered into power supply agreements for more than 3,000 megawatts of solar farms in the Southeastern United States. With these agreements, the company is well positioned to be a market leader in utility-scale solar production.
A market leader in utility scale solar power solutions, National Solar Power is uniquely positioned within the marketplace to offer cost effective solar power solutions on the utility scale. With more than 30 years of industry experience, National Solar Power’s founders have been involved in the solar and utility energy marketplace and witnessed renewable energy gaining in popularity and affordability. National Solar Power has executed power supply agreements for more than 3,000 Megawatts of Solar Farms in the Southeastern United States. Learn more about National Solar Power at www.natlsolar.com
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