PENSACOLA, Fla. — It’s National Clean Energy Week and our local energy landscape is getting even cleaner. Gulf Power, as part of the Florida Power & Light Company, continues to invest in solar energy across Northwest Florida to create a more sustainable energy future that will help keep our Panhandle area beautiful for generations.

Together, we are excited to announce that four more community solar projects are expected to be installed by the end of 2021. These solar trees and SolarZones will join the nine existing projects already in operation for our customers.

“These new projects are bringing more customers opportunities to see solar energy at work and to interact with it, while the renewable energy feeds the electric grid with emissions-free electricity,” said Mike Spoor, Gulf Power vice president. “One project we’re especially excited about is the Chipley solar tree that is being installed to commemorate the birthplace of Gulf Power, 95 years ago, and to celebrate our future integration with FPL, which is on track to make Florida one of the largest, most affordable and most accessible solar states in America.”

The new community solar projects in development:  
  • A 3.6-kilowatt solar tree in Lynn Haven.
  • Two 1.8-kilowatt SolarZones in Bay County – one at Gulf Coast State College and one at Bay County Government Complex.
  • A 3.6-kilowatt solar tree at the Washington County courthouse in Chipley.
The projects join community solar projects in operation at popular public spots: 
  • Five solar trees are located at HarborWalk Boardwalk in Destin, Newman Brackin Wayside Park boardwalk in Fort Walton Beach and in downtown Pensacola at the crosswalk to the Blue Wahoos stadium. The trees provide much-needed shade on a sunny Florida day and serve as teaching tools for how solar energy generates clean power for the grid.
  • Two solar parking canopies in Pensacola — one at the Baylen Street parking lot for One Palafox Place and another at the Corrine Jones Community Center in Sanders Beach.
  • Two SolarZones — one at the Osceola Golf Course and one at Roger Scott Tennis Court in Pensacola.
This solar zone at Roger Scott Tennis Center was installed this year, along with one at Osceola Golf Course in Pensacola. They provide a place to sit in the shade, charge mobile devices and have QR codes to scan to learn more about Gulf Power’s solar projects. And, they generate solar energy.

These projects demonstrate the commitment Gulf Power and FPL have to clean energy, including investments in large-scale solar energy centers across the state. To date, 42 solar energy centers are in operations and have a cumulative 3,000 megawatts of solar capacity – the equivalent of removing 472,000 cars from Florida’s roadways annually. One of them is the Blue Indigo Solar Energy Center that’s been in operation in Jackson County since spring of 2020.

Currently, Gulf Power has two more solar energy centers under construction in Northwest Florida – Cotton Creek SEC in Escambia County and Blue Springs SEC in Jackson County. Together, these two solar energy centers will feature more than 600,000 solar panels and have the capacity to produce enough clean, emissions-free energy to power an estimated 30,000 additional homes while preventing emissions equivalent to removing an additional 28,000 cars from the road annually.

First panels being installed at Cotton Creek Solar Energy Center in Marianna, Florida on July 27, 2021.

The clean energy from these solar energy centers feed directly onto the grid, not only bringing clean energy to customers but also providing jobs in the ever-expanding renewable energy industry and millions of dollars in tax revenues for the local counties.

To learn more about Gulf Powers clean energy initiatives you can visit https://www.gulfpower.com/clean-reliable-energy/solar.html