News Flash

Home - News

Posted on: June 1, 2018

HPS Energy Participating in One of the Largest Municipal Solar Projects in the Nation

HPS Energy Announces Solar Project Participation

Homestead Public Services Energy (HPS Energy) announced its participation in the Florida Municipal Solar Project, a large-scale solar energy project that will enable HPS-Energy to provide renewable energy to its customers in the most cost-effective way. Designed to generate 223.5-megawatts of solar energy, the planned Florida Municipal Solar Project will be one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the United States. Project plans call for three solar farms expected to generate 74.5 megawatts each.

The Florida Municipal Solar Project is a joint effort between HPS Energy, 11 additional Florida municipal electric utilities Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and NextEra Florida Renewables, LLC. FMPA is serving as the project coordinator. The builder, owner and operator of the solar farms is Florida-based NextEra Florida Renewables, LLC. HPS Energy, along with fellow participating municipal electric utilities, will purchase power from the project. There are no up-front costs for the participating municipal electric utilities, and HPS Energy will only pay for the power it purchases.

“By working together, Florida municipal electric utilities can collectively build larger, more efficient solar installations that will lower the cost of solar energy so we can provide our citizens with affordable, emissions-free electricity,” said Barbara Quiñones, HPS Energy Director. “We are pleased to be a part of this project and are looking forward to the next project milestone.”

HPS Energy will purchase 10 megawatts of power from the Florida Municipal Solar Project. One megawatt serves approximately 200 typical residential electric customers in Florida. Pricing for this solar power will be very competitive. With the energy price guaranteed at $40/MW‐hr or less, it can be compared very favorably to the City's current average price for purchased power of approximately $70/MW‐hr.  Also, with the addition of 10 megawatts of energy from this solar project, coupled with the existing 15 megawatts of power HPS Energy receives from the Miami‐Dade County waste‐to‐energy plant, the City will meet approximately 25% of its total power capacity needs through renewable resources at excellent prices. 

As part of the project, approximately 900,000 solar panels will be installed on three solar farms expected to be built in Osceola and Orange Counties. Combined, the three solar sites will total approximately 1,200 acres, or the equivalent of 900 football fields filled with solar panels. Panels will be installed on a racking system that utilizes single-axis tracking technology, which means a computer-controlled motor will move the panel to track the sun as it moves from east to west, maximizing the panel’s power output.

After an estimated 18-month permitting process, construction is expected to begin in early 2020, and the project should be operational by June 30, 2020.

The Florida Municipal Solar Project was announced at an event held on May 4 at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa. Barbara Quiñones joined representatives from FMPA, NextEra Florida Renewables, LLC, and fellow participating municipal electric utilities at a ceremonial signing of the project agreement.

For more information on the Florida Municipal Solar Project, visit www.fmpa.com. For more information on HPS Energy, visit www.cityofhomestead.com/energy.

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Home - News

Turkey Point Siren Testing

Turkey Point Siren Test 12.07.2018

Posted on: December 6, 2018
Dinner with Santa 2018 News

Tickets for Dinner with Santa Sold Out

Posted on: November 27, 2018
Thanksgiving Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Posted on: December 20, 2017
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead November 2018

Posted on: November 16, 2018
Dinner with Santa 2018 News

Tickets on Sale Now for Dinner With Santa!

Posted on: November 19, 2018
Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Championship Weekend Traffic Update

Posted on: November 16, 2018
NASCAR Trolley 2018

NASCAR and Nature Collide

Posted on: November 5, 2018
2018 Tribute to City Staff

Watch the 2018 Tribute to City Staff

Posted on: October 22, 2018
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead October 2018

Posted on: October 3, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 09.28.18

Posted on: September 28, 2018
2018 3CMA Winners

Homestead Continues National Winning Streak

Posted on: September 21, 2018
Turkey Point Siren Testing

Turkey Point Siren Test 09.07.2018

Posted on: September 7, 2018
Blasting Notice

Blasting Notice 08.24.18

Posted on: August 24, 2018
Blasting Notice Sign

Blasting Notice 08.17.18

Posted on: August 17, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 08.08.18

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead July 2018

Posted on: August 2, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 08.02.18

Posted on: August 2, 2018
Blasting Notice Sign

Blasting Notice 07.25.18

Posted on: July 24, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 07.03.18

Posted on: July 3, 2018
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead June 2018

Posted on: June 25, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 05.09.18

Posted on: June 8, 2018
Turkey Point Siren Testing

Turkey Point Siren Test 06.01.2018

Posted on: May 31, 2018
Hurricane Guide 2017

2018 Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Posted on: May 30, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 05.09.18

Posted on: May 9, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 05.02.18

Posted on: May 2, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 04.25.18

Posted on: April 25, 2018
HPS Bill Pay

HPS Online Bill Pay Maintenance

Posted on: April 13, 2018
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead March 2018

Posted on: March 30, 2018
Blasting Notice Sign

Blasting Notice 04.11.2018

Posted on: April 11, 2018
CDBG Survey

Affordable Housing Community Survey

Posted on: April 5, 2018
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead February 2018

Posted on: March 9, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 03.21.2018

Posted on: March 21, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 03.15.18

Posted on: March 15, 2018
Turkey Point Siren Testing

Turkey Point Siren Test 03.02.2018

Posted on: March 1, 2018
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead January 2018

Posted on: January 26, 2018
SDI Quarry

Blasting Notice 02.22.2018

Posted on: February 22, 2018
Presidents Day 2018

City Offices Closed Presidents' Day

Posted on: February 16, 2018
Blasting Notice

Blasting Notice 02.16.2018

Posted on: February 16, 2018
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead December 2017

Posted on: December 22, 2017
MLK 2018 Events

2018 MLK Weekend Events

Posted on: January 8, 2018
Website Updates

Homestead Launches New Website

Posted on: January 3, 2018
Holiday Hours 2017

Holiday Hours & Closings

Posted on: December 21, 2017
Turkey Point Siren Testing

Turkey Point Siren Test

Posted on: November 27, 2017
Thanksgiving Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Posted on: November 21, 2017
Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Championship Weekend Traffic Update

Posted on: November 14, 2017
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead November 2017

Posted on: November 14, 2017
Election 2017

Early Voting for 2017 General Election

Posted on: November 1, 2017
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead August 2017

Posted on: August 10, 2017
Community Center Newsletters

August 2017 Community Center Newsletter

Posted on: August 10, 2017
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead July 2017

Posted on: July 13, 2017
Hurricane Guide 2017

2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Posted on: June 14, 2017
Inside Homestead

Inside Homestead May 2017

Posted on: June 14, 2017
Community Center Newsletters

May 2017 Community Center Newsletter

Posted on: June 14, 2017