MANATEE -- A solar electric generation facility may be constructed in Manatee County.
The company, Project EVOLVE, could receive $1.3 million in a customized economic development incentive grant to construct the facility with a total capital investment of $140 million.
The Manatee County Commission could pass a resolution Tuesday for the incentives. State law allows the names of companies receiving incentives to be kept confidential until plans for Manatee County are officially announced.
"Project EVOLVE seeks to advance affordable clean energy in Florida and has been working diligently to find ways to advance solar energy in Florida without increasing energy costs," according to the resolution.
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While the number of jobs
created is not specified, the facility "will significantly expand the tax base over the next seven years," according to the resolution.
Florida Power and Light has announced plans for a solar-energy center at 10870 Corbett John Road near Parrish. FPL proposed building three solar-energy centers around the state with eachcapable of producing 74.5 megawatts of electric power.
The center would still need approval by the county commission. County officials have previously said the project may go before the commission for a final decision in August.
When asked whether Project EVOLVE is for the FPL solar-energy center, Karen Stewart, county economic development program manager, declined comment citing the confidentiality agreement.
FPL was not able to immediately verify its plans Friday for Manatee County.
The incentives are performance-based and companies do not receive money until it's proven they create jobs and infrastructure is in place.
The commission could approve two other incentive packages:
"Project Bond," a manufacturing employer expanding in Manatee County and creating 12 new jobs over four years. The company would receive a $24,000 economic development grant and $3,037 in transportation impact fee.
"Project Build," a company facility in Manatee County looking to expand and create 13 more jobs over five years. The company would receive up to $26,000 if it meets criteria.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.