Orlando Installs Solar Panels on Fleet Facility

January 28, 2013

<p>When complete in February, a total of 1,392 solar panels will be installed in the three-array system, which covers about 50,000 square feet. <em>Photo courtesy of ESA Renewables.</em></p>

The City of Orlando installed solar panels on the roof of the City’s Fleet Management Division Building as part of Green Works Orlando, the City’s sustainability initiative.

At an installation event on Jan. 23, Mayor Buddy Dyer joined the ESA Renewables construction team to help mount the three-foot by six-foot solar panels to the roof of the City facility. When complete in February, a total of 1,392 solar panels will be installed in the three-array system, which covers about 50,000 square feet.

The 417-kilowatt solar array is estimated to save the City $800,000 in energy costs over its 25-year life. In total, the project will generate enough energy to power about 43 average Orlando homes and offset emissions equivalent to planting 2,400 trees and taking 2,375 vehicles off the road per year.

Power from the vehicles will go into the local electrical grid for sale by the Orlando Utilities Commission.