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Project Overview

The Chautauqua Solar Energy Center will create jobs, increase local revenue, and help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, such as natural gas.

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74.5 Megawatts of clean, American-made energy

Gulf Power and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) are working together to help fuel job growth and move Florida toward energy independence. To date, Gulf Power and FPL operate more than 40 solar energy centers across the Sunshine State, each of which quietly generates clean, American-made energy for Floridians.

Features of the Chautauqua Solar Energy Center:

  • 74.5 MW solar energy center
  • Nearly 300,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels
  • Situated within an 867-acre property
  • Located on 4196 Brown Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL

Community Benefits

Solar energy centers generate significant economic benefits for local communities by increasing local business and tax revenue. Proximity to renewable energy can also be a deciding factor for job-creating companies that are considering relocation or expansion.

Additionally, Gulf Power and FPL strive to be good neighbors by finding opportunities to support the local community through long-term partnerships and educational opportunities, including grants for district-wide science fairs, investing in STEM education with our energy curriculum, and awarding FIRST® Robotics Scholarships through the NextEra Energy Foundation to help shape Florida’s next generation of engineers. FPL has also installed solar panels with real-time energy monitoring at more than 100 schools and other education centers, like museums and zoos, to help schools and communities better understand and use solar energy.

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Preserving the Community’s Rural Way of Life

The Chautauqua Solar Energy Center can help protect against urban sprawl, increase the area’s biodiversity, and provide habitats for native wildlife.

Employment Opportunities

The Chautauqua Solar Energy Center could create local employment opportunities, including approximately 200 - 250 jobs during the peak of construction. The construction contractors hired by Gulf Power and FPL will also typically host job fairs to recruit local talent prior to beginning construction.

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Local Tax Revenue

The Chautauqua Solar Energy Center could provide millions in tax revenue to the County’s tax base over its expected life, which Walton County’s leadership can apply as they see fit, including to benefit local schools or improve infrastructure and services.

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