Panama City, FL –
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Florida (WMBB) – Washington County is closer to energy independence after Thursday night’s committee meeting.
Florida Power and Light and Gulf Power merge to install solar power plant near Hammack Road in Vernon.
“This is a victory for Washington County, so with this approximately 850-acre facility, we will turn it into a tax revenue base that will offset some of the burden on Washington County taxpayers,” said Tray Hawkins, chairman. of the county commission.
Washington County officials said they could use the taxes to improve infrastructure, repair roads and revitalize schools.
Gulf Power spokeswoman Kimberly Blair said the benefits don’t end there.
“It’s going to bring renewable energy to Northwest Florida, zero emissions energy to Northwest Florida. It will be like taking 14,000 cars off the road once it is operational. Plus, it will power around 15,000 homes, ”Blair said.
The solar installation will have no impact on wet areas.
Additionally, Florida Power and Light officials are staying away from the conservation district of this specific site.
“People were concerned about environmental and other impacts and so we were happy to explain that we have very little impact on the environment,” said Brandon Eckard, developer of the Florida Power and Light project.
Eckard said the next step is to convert the land to grassy pasture.
They hope to start this process at the end of this year or early 2022 and then start construction next summer.
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