Trial floating solar installation in Orlando is first of hopefully many for Florida utility

By Kelly Pickerel Minnesota might be known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but Florida is pretty water-dense too. The state has 30,000 lakes spread across three million acres of land—most non-navigable. Florida is the third most populous state but only the 22nd largest state by area. People and unusable waterways are taking up a lot of space in the Sunshine State, leaving little room for significant solar projects.
That’s why floating solar—or floatovoltaics as it’s affectionately known—is a perfect fit for this watery, yet sunny state. The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) seems to understand this. Taking a look at an aerial map, the

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