Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – A 645-acre solar site is coming to Bay County – the first to be built in this region.
Duke Energy said it was one of four solar sites to be built in North Florida and one of 10 they have committed to build by 2024.
The Bay County Planning Commission approved the new solar site in March.
“Well I think at any point as a local government we can help move some of the state or country priorities of our local community forward, that’s a positive thing so we’re happy to do this at any time, ”said Bay County Planning and Zoning Manager, Timothy Smith.
The solar site will be on E. Callaway Drive in Unincorporated Bay County, near Highway 22. Smith said he thought the location made sense for the 645-acre solar site.
“It’s in the rural area,” Smith said. “There isn’t a lot of development. There is no doubt that a landowner plays an important role in that he must have a landowner who owns large tracts of land and is ready to rent to the applicant. I know Duke Energy has a major transmission line in the area, so that made sense to them. “
Construction of the new solar site is expected to begin in early 2022. Duke Energy officials have said it could create hundreds of temporary jobs in our area.
“It’s definitely something that will impact this community through the jobs we hire, you know in this area,” said Duke Energy spokesperson Ana Gibbs. “We’re always trying to – I’d say Duke Energy definitely encourages the contractor we’re working with to hire locals. “
Gibbs said their coverage begins in Mexico Beach and ends in Highlands County. She said it is difficult to determine which customers will benefit from this particular solar site.
“Once the solar panels soak up the sun and start to create this energy and turn it into real energy, it connects to our grid, it goes out into the grid and really serves the 1.9 million customers,” Gibbs said. .
Gibbs said their priority was to work with residents and community leaders to make sure they were doing all they could to be good neighbors. The new solar site will take 9 to 12 months to be completed.
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