Central Florida Trend – 2011 Economic Yearbook

by Jerry Jackson 4/1/2011
LAKE MARY/SANFORD/ SEMINOLE COUNTY

Stepping up to the Plate

ROOKIE PLAYER: BlueChip Energy — BlueChip Energy of Lake Mary has an ambitious utility-scale photovoltaic solar project under way and is working to attract more business internationally. Incorporated in 2009 with Advanced Solar Photonics as its manufacturing unit, BlueChip’s headline project is a 10-megawatt “solar farm” under development and covering a portion of its 380,000-sq.-ft. headquarters in Seminole County. A local utility agreement to purchase the “green energy” is the key to making that project work. BlueChip’s diversification — it manufactures solar modules as well as distributes and installs them — is the other key to its growth. Employment has more than doubled to 65 from 25, and another 50 jobs are expected to be created this year.

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