A Comprehensive Solar Energy Power System for the Turkey Lake Service Plaza

The Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) has the bold vision of maximizing the use of renewable energy in their operations and potentially supplying all the energy needs of their facilities via solar technologies. A University of Florida research team collaborated with FTE and Florida Department of Transportation staff to examine contemporary solar technologies, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, for their potential to meet the energy needs of the Turkey Lake Service Plaza. The scope of the research included: (1) Evaluation of Solar Electric (PV), Solar Thermal (hot water), and Solar Lighting systems; (2) Assessment of the renewable energy generation potential of the Service Plaza; (3) Designing and planning of PV systems to determine the energy output; (4) Identification of innovative financing options; and (5) Development of a marketing and education concept for the project. The research team concluded that by implementing the Net Zero Energy scenario, the annual electrical energy needs of all the facilities at the Turkey Lake Service Plaza could be met. A Maximum Energy scenario would generate substantial excess electrical energy and possibly additional revenue. The research team concluded that when all available areas for mounting PV systems were utilized, about 2 ½ times the Net Zero Energy scenario energy would be generated. The analysis of the financial feasibility found that if a private developer, defined as a utility or other company engaged in providing solar PV systems, partnered with FTE to install a solar PV system, it would be feasible for a system to be installed at no cost to the FTE, provided agreements regarding power purchase and other issues are successfully addressed. If the FTE were to own the PV systems installed at the Service Plaza, the revenue from the value of the energy generated, up to the actual energy consumed on a monthly basis, would be the major source of revenue to pay for the system. The capital cost of the system would be derived from a bond issue that could be paid back over a predetermined period of time.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Research Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 210p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01153273
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: BDK75-977-18
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2010 1:21PM