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Gulf Power To Build Second Solar Energy Center In Jackson County

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Valerie Crowder
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Gulf Power is clearing land for a second solar energy center in Jackson County. Company spokesperson Kimberly Blair says the Blue Springs Solar Energy Center will be able to power 15,000 homes once it's built. It's scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. Right now, Blair says construction teams are getting the site prepared for installing solar energy infrastructure into the ground.

"There's no concrete or asphalt or anything out there. And then in 30 years from now, 25, 30 years from now, if there's no use for this solar center again, we can pull it up, and that land can go back to agriculture and farming or whatever anyone wants to use it for," Blair says.

A third solar energy center is also planned for Jackson County, and two are planned for Calhoun County.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.