Progress Energy Florida selects nine public schools serving as emergency shelters to receive free solar installations and battery backup systems
The utility will also provide the University of Central Florida a solar array through its SunSense® Schools program
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2011) – Progress Energy Florida has selected nine schools serving as emergency shelters to receive no-cost solar installations and battery backup systems through the utility’s SunSense Schools program. The University of Central Florida will receive a larger solar installation as the post-secondary institution participating in the program in 2011.
The effort is part of the utility’s recently expanded SunSense solar energy program, through which Progress Energy will provide no-cost solar installations to up to 10 public schools and one post-secondary institution in its Florida service territory per year through 2014. Each participating school will receive a 10-kilowatt (kW) solar installation with battery backup valued at approximately $100,000, and each selected post-secondary school will receive a 100-kW solar array valued at more than $600,000.
“The recent expansion of the SunSense Schools program helps bridge our goal of increasing renewable energy education and adoption with our desire to provide customers the electricity they want and need in all weather conditions,” said Vincent Dolan, president and CEO of Progress Energy Florida. “The inclusion of schools serving as emergency shelters is a natural extension of our commitment to help our customers when they need it most.”
The participating schools will receive the equipment by December 31, 2011.
The 2011 SunSense Schools program participants are:
• Alta Vista Elementary - Haines City
• Apalachicola Bay Charter – Apalachicola
• Campbell Park Elementary - St. Petersburg
• Fort White High School - Fort White
• Horizons Elementary - Davenport
• Pineview Elementary School - Land O' Lakes
• RB Stewart Middle School – Zephyrhills
• Safety Harbor Middle School - Safety Harbor
• Winter Springs High School - Winter Springs
• University of Central Florida - Orlando
The selected schools applied to participate in the utility’s program earlier this year. Participants were chosen based on the key categories such as their commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy education, a location that maximizes geographic distribution throughout Progress Energy’s service territory, the number of students and the school’s shelter capacity.
The application period for 2012 SunSense Schools participants will open in January. Details on how to apply are available at progress-energy.com/sunsense.
To date, Progress Energy has installed solar arrays on and provided associated educational materials to 18 Florida schools through SunSense Schools and its predecessor programs.
The focus on schools serving as emergency shelters is part of the utility’s recently expanded SunSense program. Other new program components include incentives toward residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. The expanded solar offerings will be in place through 2014.
For more information about the SunSense program, visit progress-energy.com/sunsense.
Alternative energy technologies, such as those included in the SunSense program – combined with energy efficiency and state-of-the-art plants – collectively form the balanced solution strategy Progress Energy believes is necessary to best meet its customers’ short- and long-term energy needs.
Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art power system. For more information about Progress Energy, visit progress-energy.com.
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