Solar Power At The Turkey Lake Service Plaza: A Project Analysis And Best Practices Guide

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Photovoltaics; PV Arrays


In 2012, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) completed the installation of a ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) power system at its Turkey Lake Service Plaza facility, located on the northwest side of Orlando, FL. This PV system is 112.32 kW DC, covers approximately 0.3 acres at the south end of the service plaza, and offsets energy usage for the DOT buildings and plaza convenience store and restaurants. The PV system annually produces 178,500 kWh/year. This report discusses PV project, its economics and the lessons learned. Most importantly, the report presents suggested best practices to guide FDOT and other state departments of transportation through similar procurements to validating the financial viability of these projects from concept to implementation, construction, utilization, and maintenance.

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Photovoltaics; PV Arrays


FSEC Energy Research Center® Collection

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