Florida Company Launches Pilot Program to Expand Solar Power

JUNO BEACH, Fla. — In an effort to give more access to solar power options, the Florida Power & Light Company last week proposed a voluntary, community-based, solar partnership pilot program for consideration by the Florida Public Service Commission.

If approved, FPL will install new, solar-powered generating facilities in Florida communities. The program is funded by contributions from FPL customers.

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Community Center Marks City’s First LEED Building


WINTER PARK, Fla. — The $9.1 million Winter Park Community Center, designed to reflect the character of the “City of Culture and Heritage,” opened in October.

Designed by the Orlando office of SchenkelShultz Architecture and design-build partner Turner Construction Co., based in Orlando, the center targets LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Hybrid Cooling System Saves District Money

WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. — For its new high school campus in Weeki Wachee, Hernando County School District in Florida chose hybrid cooling for its temperature regulation needs — a move that earned it an award from the region’s HVAC and refrigeration technical society and LEED Silver certification.

The district earned the Central Florida ASHRAE Chapter Institutional Building Technology Award for its 450,000-square-foot campus, which features a “high school as a small town” design concept drafted by SchenkelShultz architectural firm. 

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German Company to Build Florida Solar Array

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — German solar company Sybac Solar has contracted with Gainesville Regional Utilities to build a solar array in Gainesville, slated to be the largest privately owned solar installation in Florida when it is completed.
 
The 8,600-panel, 7-acre installation will generate two megawatts of electricity, enough to power 200 to 300 households.

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Fla. Office Gets LEED Gold for Interiors Certification

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The USGBC awarded the office building of DPR Construction’s with LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors, DPR announced. The office, which recently underwent interior build-out, is located in the city’s EcoPlex and is one of Palm Beach County’s first LEED Gold-certified office buildings.

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Florida Solar Power Grant Targets Schools

COCOA, Fla. – The University of Central Florida solar energy research center received a $10 million state to install solar energy panels on 90 K-12 Florida schools that double as emergency shelters.
 
State officials awarded the funds from $126 million that Florida was provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to invest in alternative energy projects.

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