Florida Energy and Gentle Provides One other 1.four Million Photo voltaic Panels to the Sunshine State
will begin delivering clean energy to customers on December 31st
Florida Power & Light Company, one of the cleanest energy companies in the country, today announced a plan to build the world’s largest solar-powered battery system as part of an innovative modernization plan – four times the capacity of the largest operating battery system to accelerate the shutdown of two plants Fossil fuel production. (FPL image)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced that by December 31, five new solar energy centers will provide customers with clean energy.
These new locations, each approximately 500 acres, add another 1.4 million solar panels to the state and support FPL SolarTogether ™ – the company’s popular community solar program, launched earlier this year as the largest of its kind in the US.
Three of the solar energy centers are the first to be installed in their respective counties: Nassau, St. Johns and Union counties. Two other solar energy centers in Baker and Okeechobee counties will each be the second. These five new centers bring FPL closer to meeting its 30-by-30 commitment of installing more than 30 million solar panels by 2030.
“No one in America builds solar power cheaper than FPL and I am delighted that despite many challenges, including multiple storms and COVID, the FPL team was able to keep all of these projects on schedule and on budget,” said Eric Silagy, President and CEO of FPL.
“Our FPL SolarTogether program is an innovative part of the company’s rapid solar expansion that helps us consistently deliver the best energy value in America – electricity that is not only clean and reliable, but also affordable.”
“Our goal is to make Florida a leader in clean solar energy that keeps costs down for our customers, helps keep the Sunshine State beautiful and creates local construction jobs in the process,” continued Silagy. “These five new solar energy centers will help us take an important step forward if we meet our 30 by 30 commitment.”
The new solar energy centers are:
– FPL Egret Solar Energy Center, Baker County
– FPL Lakeside Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
– FPL Nassau Solar Energy Center, Nassau district *
– FPL Trailside Solar Energy Center, St. Johns County *
– FPL Union Springs Solar Energy Center, Union County *
* The first FPL solar energy center in this county
These specific centers were part of the company’s broader construction effort across the state when FPL recently made history by building 14 unprecedented solar energy centers concurrently.
As part of the FPL SolarTogether program, the five new solar energy centers offer all customers – both private and business customers – the opportunity to benefit from the economic and ecological advantages of solar energy and to support solar growth in Florida at low cost.
The program also benefits all FPL customers by reducing the company’s already low fuel costs and adding more zero-emission solar energy to FPL’s energy mix.
By the numbers:
– Each of the new solar energy centers can generate 74.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity from the sun.
– Together, these five centers will generate enough solar energy to supply around 75,000 households with electricity.
– More than 1,100 construction jobs benefited the local economy in installing the five solar energy centers.
– With the commissioning of these new centers, FPL will operate a total of 33 universal solar energy centers by the end of 2020.
– Nine more solar energy centers are still under construction. Completion is expected in 2021.
By building universal solar energy centers across Florida, FPL takes advantage of the extensive sunshine on the state’s vast peninsula that spans two time zones. The company’s transmission system enables customers generated from solar power centers across the state to serve customers throughout their service area.
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