Florida, United States — BlueChip Energy has started stage one of the Rinehart Solar Farm, a 10 MW utility-scale solar PV facility in Central Florida. The Rinehart Solar Farm project, located in Lake Mary, Florida will have a total capacity of 10 megawatts (MW) and an annual generation of approximately 15,000,000 kilowatt-hours.
It will cover a portion of the 380,000 square foot rooftop space and surrounding acreage of BlueChip Energy’s Lake Mary facility.
The solar farm is being built in stages, starting with a roof top plant totaling 120 kilowatts (kW). It will feature 520 monocrystalline 230-watt panels and two 60-kW Fronius inverters. The first stage is expected to be completed by July, 2010. Stage two is a roof top plant consisting of 500 kW. Subsequent stages will consist of a third, 1.4 MW rooftop system and 8 MW of ground-based systems.
BlueChip Energy has a power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply Progress Energy Florida with renewable solar power from the Rinehart Solar Farm. As a clean energy project, it will stimulate the local economy by creating an estimated 100 high-paying, high-skilled jobs while building local expertise in solar energy.