BlueChip Energy is providing the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for the 100 Megawatt (MW) Sorrento Solar Farm project currently under construction. Sorrento Solar Farm will be one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. The project in Lake County, Florida is being developed in two stages, 40 MW and 60 MW. The project site enjoys the economic and engineering benefits of being adjacent to two existing utility substations. Upon completion, over 100 million kilowatt hours of clean energy will be generated annually.
Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP), the manufacturing subsidiary of Blue Chip Energy is providing high efficiency crystalline PV modules, and PV ground mount systems made in the USA. Additional PV equipment is to be provided by strategic partners. The solar farm is being built in stages and will feature a new generation PV ground-mount system. The ASP ground mount system features the use of helical anchors to make installation of large PV solar projects simpler and far more efficient.
The Sorrento Solar Farm will generate renewable electricity for sale to net metering customers and to Progress Energy Florida under an off -take agreement signed in 2010. The Sorrento plant has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a self-certifi ed small power production facility, or Qualifi ed Facility (QF), requiring the local utility to provide interconnection to it and purchase the electricity it produces.
FERC has also approved Sorrento Solar Farm’s status as an Exempt Wholesale Generator (EWG), providing the facility with undisputed access to the power distribution network.
Sorrento Solar Farm will provide a number of environmental and social benefi ts making it a leader in the environmental planning of utility-scale solar farms. As a clean energy project, it will stimulate the local economy by creating hundreds of skilled jobs while building local expertise in solar energy.