Tallahassee International Airport Solar Farms 1 and 2

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Tallahassee International Airport Solar Farms 1 and 2

Tallahassee International Airport Solar Farms 1 and 2

Client: Power Services
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Size: 120 acres
Service: Public & Civic Infrastructure

Highlights:
Contact Staff: Echo K. Gates, P.E., LEED ®AP
 

In an effort to diversify the energy sources available to produce electric power and to utilize renewable sources of energy for electric power generation, the City of Tallahassee (City) pursued development of a solar farm on the southwest side of the City. To achieve the goal of diversification, competitive bids were received from companies to design, build, operate, and maintain a solar facility and to sell the output to the City over a 20- to 30-year period through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This agreement allows the City to be the sole purchaser of all the energy produced at the site.

The site is located on approximately 120 acres on the south portion of the Tallahassee International Airport (TIA). The 20 megawatt (alternating current) (MWac) site is leased from the TIA, but is owned and operated by Origis Energy, LLC, for the City of Tallahassee. Located due south of the north-south runway, the site currently has no direct connection to Springhill Road, a County-maintained roadway. Access is provided via the existing Air Traffic Control Tower Driveway off Springhill Road.

The project consisted of the design and construction of a 20-MWac utility level solar farm on previously cleared land at the TIA. Approximately 234,000 photovoltaic solar panels are mounted on a fixed-racking system, positioned to collect the maximum amount of energy from the sun. In addition to the electrical aspects, stormwater is managed on site by a constructed stormwater management facility and eight existing natural depressions. Due to the sandy nature of the existing soils, water quality treatment is provided in both the constructed facility and the natural depressions. Access into and through the site is provided by gravel access roads.

The completed facility is connected to the City’s Substation BP11, approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the site. Delivery of power to the substation from the farm began January 1, 2018 and will produce 37 million kWh annually, enough to power 3,400 homes, and also make up around 2% of the city’s current energy production. Due to the positive response from the community, a second 40-MWac Solar Facility is currently under design with Civil Engineering Services provided by Genesis. The second facility is located on 300 acres at the airport.

The creation of a solar energy generating facility was overwhelmingly embraced by the citizens and institutions of Tallahassee. With the cooperation of the regulatory agencies, the design and construction team and COT Electric Utility, the project was completed with an accelerated construction schedule providing the community a clean energy alternative. The resulting project provides the community with electric power that diversifies the City’s source of power generation, reduction of reliance on fossil fuels, and utilizes land that was cleared by a mandate of the FAA.

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Tallahassee International Airport Solar Farms 1 and 2


Tallahassee, FL

Client:

Power Services

Location:

Tallahassee, FL

Size:

120 acres

Service

Public & Civic Infrastructure

Highlights:

Construction Administration
Site Design
Stormwater Design

Tallahassee International Airport Solar Farms 1 and 2

In an effort to diversify the energy sources available to produce electric power and to utilize renewable sources of energy for electric power generation, the City of Tallahassee (City) pursued development of a solar farm on the southwest side of the City. To achieve the goal of diversification, competitive bids were received from companies to design, build, operate, and maintain a solar facility and to sell the output to the City over a 20- to 30-year period through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This agreement allows the City to be the sole purchaser of all the energy produced at the site.

The site is located on approximately 120 acres on the south portion of the Tallahassee International Airport (TIA). The 20 megawatt (alternating current) (MWac) site is leased from the TIA, but is owned and operated by Origis Energy, LLC, for the City of Tallahassee. Located due south of the north-south runway, the site currently has no direct connection to Springhill Road, a County-maintained roadway. Access is provided via the existing Air Traffic Control Tower Driveway off Springhill Road.

The project consisted of the design and construction of a 20-MWac utility level solar farm on previously cleared land at the TIA. Approximately 234,000 photovoltaic solar panels are mounted on a fixed-racking system, positioned to collect the maximum amount of energy from the sun. In addition to the electrical aspects, stormwater is managed on site by a constructed stormwater management facility and eight existing natural depressions. Due to the sandy nature of the existing soils, water quality treatment is provided in both the constructed facility and the natural depressions. Access into and through the site is provided by gravel access roads.

The completed facility is connected to the City’s Substation BP11, approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the site. Delivery of power to the substation from the farm began January 1, 2018 and will produce 37 million kWh annually, enough to power 3,400 homes, and also make up around 2% of the city’s current energy production. Due to the positive response from the community, a second 40-MWac Solar Facility is currently under design with Civil Engineering Services provided by Genesis. The second facility is located on 300 acres at the airport.

The creation of a solar energy generating facility was overwhelmingly embraced by the citizens and institutions of Tallahassee. With the cooperation of the regulatory agencies, the design and construction team and COT Electric Utility, the project was completed with an accelerated construction schedule providing the community a clean energy alternative. The resulting project provides the community with electric power that diversifies the City’s source of power generation, reduction of reliance on fossil fuels, and utilizes land that was cleared by a mandate of the FAA.