Since May 2009, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has operated a new 11 Kilowatt (KW) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System on the roof of the County's Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park. This new system was the second Solar PV system added to Alachua County's renewable power generation inventory. The major source of funding for this new PV system was a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) grant.
This new Solar PV System participates in the Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Feed-in-Tariff program and generates $5,000 to $6,000 annually in revenues to the County which offsets recurring operating costs at EPD's Hazardous Waste Collection Center. EPD's success in leveraging FDEP grant funds to support this project results in an extremely favorable return on the County's investment and reduces the environmental impacts associated with generation of electricity from fossil fuels.
The new PV system generates on average 1415 KWh per month of electricity from 54 panels each generating about 205 Watts of peak power. To see the realtime daily performance, click on the following link: