Solar Projects for Talquin Electric Cooperative Members Underway

  • The three projects are located in the Florida counties of Gadsden, Wakulla and Liberty
  • The utility solar projects total approximately 7 MWAC
  • Construction will be completed in the first quarter of 2022
  • Origis Energy is the project developer, owner, and operator

TAMPA, FL., QUINCY, FL., and MIAMI, FL., – January 13, 2022 – Three utility solar projects are taking shape for Talquin Electric Cooperative members. The projects are being developed by Origis Energy and will be constructed, owned, and operated by Origis. The solar projects will deliver clean energy at competitive rates under Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) executed between Talquin Electric Cooperative, Seminole Electric Cooperative, and Origis.

Today representatives celebrated the start of construction for the three projects. FL Solar D1 – Hinson Solar, a 4 MWAC project, is located in Gadsden County, FL. FL Solar D2 – Hilliardville Solar, a 2 MWAC project, is located in Wakulla County, and FL Solar D3 – Bristol Solar, with a capacity rating of 0.63 MWAC, is located in Liberty County. Construction is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2022.

“At Talquin Electric, we are doing our part to provide clean energy to Members so we can all benefit from a clean environment,” said Tracy Bensley, General Manager at Talquin Electric. “These three projects will provide enough clean energy to replace fossil fuel-generated electricity for up to 1,400 homes in our area. We appreciate and value the commitment Seminole Electric and Origis Energy have provided to Talquin Members in making these projects a reality.”

Talquin Electric Cooperative’s wholesale power provider, Seminole Electric Cooperative, is pleased to support the project.

“Seminole’s purpose is to provide essential wholesale services to our Members, like Talquin, through a balanced, diversified portfolio of safe, affordable, and reliable energy resources. As technology continues to advance and as the price decreases, solar is increasingly becoming a part of our power portfolio. We are proud of Talquin’s service to the community and excited to be a part of this effort,” stated Seminole Electric Cooperative.

“Leadership at Talquin is tapping into the power of solar to deliver cost-effective, clean energy to the grid,” said George B. Reed III, Vice President, Distributed Generation at Origis Energy. “We look forward to the completion of the solar projects to provide clean power to the Talquin Members for many years to come.”

Construction has commenced for solar projects for Talquin Electric Cooperative Members. Groundbreaking was celebrated by (L to R) Tracy Bensley, General Manager, Talquin, Mike Grice, Director of Engineering, Talquin, Trustee David Miller, Trustee Joseph Alexander, Trustee Billy VanLandingham, Trustee Carla Pararo, Daniel Boitel, Director of Finance Distributed Generation, Origis Energy, Trustee Sam Fenn and Craig Fisher, Project Manager, Distributed Generation, Origis Energy. Photo credit: Jennifer Powell Photography

About Talquin Electric Cooperative

Talquin is a Member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 55,000 homes and businesses across Gadsden, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla counties. Talquin Electric’s service area stretches over 2,600 square miles and is headquartered in Gadsden County. Talquin provides electric, water, and wastewater services and is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association member, including 900 electric cooperatives across America. Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit https://www.talquinelectric.com/.

About Seminole Electric Cooperative

Based in Tampa, Florida, Seminole is one of the country’s largest generation and transmission cooperatives. Its purpose is to provide essential wholesale services to its Members through a balanced, diversified portfolio of safe, affordable, and reliable energy resources. Seminole and its Members collectively serve 1.8 million individuals and businesses in 42 Florida counties. For more information, visit https://www.seminole-electric.com/.

About Origis Energy

Origis Energy is bringing clean and cost-effective solar and energy storage solutions within reach for utility, commercial and industrial, and public sector clients. The Origis team has worked to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are upheld in 170 projects worldwide, totaling more than 4 GW to date of developed solar and energy storage capacity. Headquartered in Miami, FL, Origis Energy delivers excellence in solar and energy storage development, financing, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), operations, maintenance, and asset management for US investors and clean energy consumers. For more information, visit https://origisenergy.com/.

Media Contacts

Talquin Electric Cooperative
Lori Pilz
Director of Member Services
812 614-1631 | 850 627-7651 ext. 1703
Lori.Pilz@talquinelectric.com

Seminole Electric Cooperative
Ryan Hart
Director of Corporate Communication & Energy Policy
813-739-1354
rhart@seminole-electric.com

Leigh Holmes
Sr. Communications Representative
813-739-1322
lholmes@seminole-electric.com

Origis Energy
Glenna Wiseman
408-478-2570
glenna.wiseman@origisenergy.com