Osceola County commissioners have unanimously approved formal negotiations with Paris-based CMG Clean Tech to sell its 309-acre Mac Overstreet property on Lake Tohopekaliga for a $431 million clean energy technology park. The proposed clean energy tech park is expected to bring 1,200 high-paying jobs to Osceola within the next three years.
Clean Tech has pledged to build its US headquarters, research and development facility, and seven factories at the proposed site. The company has promised to create 1,200 jobs, averaging at least $75,000, within the first three years. The new facility will be a leading renewable energy hub in the United States, providing commercial and domestic clean energy solutions. These solutions will range from solar panels and roof tiles, solar-assisted heat pumps, mobile green hydrogen units, lithium batteries, and EV charging systems. These products will also be used to power the entire campus.
Clean Tech CEO John Darling said, “We are really excited about the opportunity to develop our Green Garden Village facility in Osceola County and create a first-of-its-kind, leading renewable energy hub in the United States.” Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer added that the project would be a tremendous asset to the county. “It aligns with our comprehensive plan and renewable energy policies, and I think it’s going to usher in a new era of advanced manufacturing in the Central Florida region.”
The project, called Green Garden Village, will assure Osceola County’s long-term position in the green energy and renewable energy sector, according to Tim Giuliani, CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership. The proposed site on Pleasant Hill Road beat out locations in other states in part because of the region’s abundant sunshine. The sunshine will be used to generate power on-site to run the entire facility, as well as its high-water table, which is beneficial to the production of pure hydrogen and oxygen for CMG’s products.
Darling also cited the region’s depth of talent, collaborative business environment, and steady growth as reasons why the proposed site was ideal for the project. He said, “We want everyone to be proud of what we’re building. And I can’t think of a better place to attract and encourage the best people to work on the next generation of renewable energy technologies than here.”
Clean Tech was the sole bidder for the property on Feb. 28, offering the base cost of $85,000 per section of land. The organization mentioned a 60-day an expected level of effort period, yet the development timetable is lightning quick. The developer wants to break ground by June and deliver the entire project by February 2025.
The campus will be developed in two phases, with some of the factories being built in partnership with global leaders in the development of advanced battery technology and electrification of the automotive industry. The proposed clean energy tech park will not only boost the economy of Osceola County but will also contribute to the growth of the green energy and renewable energy sector in the United States.
This project will benefit not only the local economy but also the global environment. The use of clean energy technology is essential in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change. The development of a leading renewable energy hub in the United States will also inspire other countries to adopt clean energy technology and promote sustainable development.
The proposed clean energy tech park in Osceola is an example of how private companies and local governments can work together to create a sustainable future for all. The project’s success will depend on the collaboration between Clean Tech and the local government, as well as the support of the community. With everyone’s cooperation, Osceola can become a model for green and sustainable development, promoting economic growth and environmental preservation.
Jonas Muthoni is an entrepreneur and renewable energy expert. He is the founder of MicroGridMedia.com, a website dedicated to bringing the latest news and information about solar energy and other renewable energy sources to the public. Jonas is passionate about promoting sustainable energy solutions and educating the public about the benefits of renewable energy. He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences and is committed to driving the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.