On May 4, 2018, OUC joined 11 Florida municipal utilities and the Florida Municipal Power Agency to ceremonially sign an agreement to build three massive solar farms. Located in rural Orange and Osceola counties, the sites will produce 223.5 megawatts. That’s enough to power nearly 45,000 homes across the state.

OUC will be the largest tenant, purchasing 108.5 megawatts of solar energy to power 20,000 residential Central Florida customers.

“By partnering with other municipal utilities we can make a dramatic difference not just in Central Florida, but really throughout the entire state,” said OUC General Manager & CEO Clint Bullock. “We can leverage economies of scale to make solar energy affordable, so municipal utilities throughout the state can bring it to their customers. This is something people around the country will notice.”

OUC has committed to a 20-year power purchase agreement with two five-year extensions. The solar farms are expected to be complete by 2020. The exact locations are still being finalized.