Gulf Power strives to reduce carbon emission and lower costs

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf Power says it's always looking for new opportunities to provide clean energy to its customers.

A lot of firsts for the company on the way, including the first solar energy field that Gulf Power will have built, and will operate itself. (WJHG/WECP)

"This will be the first large scale solar energy center in Jackson County," Gulf Power Spokesperson Kimberly Blair said.

A lot of firsts for the company are on the way, including the first solar energy field that Gulf Power will have built and will operate itself.

The 697-acre solar site will reduce emissions equivalent to taking 12,000 cars off the road every year.

The Blue Indigo Solar Energy Center is currently under construction, and it will produce enough energy from the sun to power 15,000 homes.

As of June, the proposed Blue Springs Solar Energy Center has been given the green light.

"Our energy mix for renewables is about 11% and we want to increase that," Blair said.

"At this point in time, we have some pile being driven, which is actually going to be the post for the tracking system which will support the solar panels themselves. This will be a tracking system, these solar panels will actually track with the sun east to west," Gulf Power Construction Manager Sean Keese said.

The Blue Indigo Center is expected to be done in early 2020, also generating benefits far past renewable energy.

"It will create a tax benefit for the county that can be used for schools or whatever the county would like to use it for," Blair said.

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