What is Utility Scale Solar?
Utility-scale solar, also called solar farms, are large solar power plants which provide the power they generate directly into the electric grid, which is then sold to customers.
Our analysis has determined that approximately 700 acres of land are needed for utility-scale solar for Grand Cayman within the energy mix we have proposed in our Integrated Resource Plan. This amount of land is available to support this development without disturbing mangroves or highly diverse habitats.
Once completed, utility-scale solar production will result in the equivalent to a 94% CO2 reduction compared to current sources of generation.
Utility-scale solar planning is influenced by several factors including the grid characteristics and geographic location. Utility-scale solar requires extensive planning, but presents incredible opportunities to make the biggest progress to transition electricity generation to renewable energy sources.
As with rooftop solar, there are benefits and challenges to be considered when it comes to utility scale solar.