Gulf Power ‘plants’ solar tree in Chipley

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 6:27 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Ninety-five years ago in 1926, Gulf Power was born in Chipley. Now, it covers 71 towns in Northwest Florida, but its roots are still in Washington County.

In honor of 95 years, Gulf Power is erecting a solar tree on the Washington County courthouse lawn. The tree is expected to stand 18 feet tall and will have many interactive features.

Since the tree will be on the lawn, most of the energy created from the sun by the tree will be used by the courthouse.

Not only will the solar tree commemorate the 95 years of service, but also the merging of Gulf Power with Florida Power and Light.

“Next year we should be fully merged with the company, and we will change our name to Florida Power and Light, so these solar trees are also representing this new relationship,” Gulf Power Spokesperson Kimberly Blair said.

The tree is expected to be up by the end of the year.

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