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Orange County Unveils the Largest Floating Solar Array in Southeast U.S.

The solar panels from this innovative project cover two acres of a 3.6-acre pond.

Orange County, FL – Orange County today unveiled largest floating solar array in the Southeastern United States. Situated on a 3.6-acre pond at the Southern Regional Water Supply Facility, this innovative project marks a significant step towards achieving the County’s sustainability and resilience goals.

Aligned with Orange County’s Sustainable Operations & Resilience Action Plan, the project underscores the county’s dedication toward 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035.

“Sustainability and resilience are not just buzzwords for us; they are guiding principles that inform our decision-making,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. “This project exemplifies our dedication to building a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come. Orange County continues to lead by example, clearing the way for a cleaner, greener environment.”

“The 2,236 panels that make up this floating solar array represent our unwavering commitment to advancing Orange County’s goal of sourcing clean, renewable energy,” added Orange County Utilities Director Ed Torres. “Not only are we reducing our carbon footprint, but we are also ensuring more sustainable water supply operations.”

Covering two acres of the pond, the floating solar array is projected to cut energy costs at the facility by 25% per year while limiting the impact on land and wildlife. Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer Carrie Black highlighted the environmental impact of the project, stating, “It will reduce 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions annually and further position Orange County as a leader in climate action.”

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