Florida Power & Light Company announced the start of operations at its four newest solar power plants, building on the company's successful strategy of advancing affordable clean energy – investing billions of dollars in clean energy while keeping customer bills among the lowest in the nation.
The new solar plants that officially began powering FPL customers today are:
Each of the new plants is capable of generating 74.5 megawatts of power from the sun, for a combined addition of nearly 300 megawatts of new solar capacity. FPL now operates a total of 18 solar power plants and hundreds of other smaller solar installations, totaling approximately 1,250 megawatts of universal solar capacity across Florida.
"These solar plants are the latest tangible evidence of our unparalleled commitment to investing in clean energy technologies for Florida affordably – a strategy that has already dramatically reduced emissions and produced billions of dollars in savings for Floridians," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.
By far the state's largest producer of solar energy, FPL leverages its experience and economies of scale to advance solar cost-effectively. The four new solar plants alone are estimated to deliver a net lifetime savings of more than $40 millionfor FPL customers.
Earlier this month, FPL announced a groundbreaking "30-by-30" plan to install more than 30 million additional solar panels across Florida by 2030. The plan will result in approximately 11,000 MW of installed solar capacity by 2030. FPL also plans to make unprecedented new investments in advanced battery storage technology to increase the company's ability to use solar energy even when the sun isn't shining.
FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center
In 1984, FPL commissioned its first universal solar installation, a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic facility in Miami that helped the company's employees gain experience with the then-emerging technology. Today, Miami-Dade County is home to numerous FPL solar installations – including an innovative research partnership at Florida International University. The FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center is the largest in the county to date.
"The FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center is just one example of the extraordinary results that come when we work together with partners like FPL to improve our communities with renewable energy and continue to make Miami one of the best places to live, work and raise a family," said Mayor Carlos A. Giménez.
FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center
Florida's Treasure Coast is now home to five FPL solar power plants with the completion of the FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center. The new plant is located in St. Lucie County between Interstate 95 and Florida's Turnpike.
"The Treasure Coast is fortunate to have such a reliable, affordable electric provider that we can count on and that is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into our communities," said Peter Tesch, president of the county's Economic Development Council.
FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center
The FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center is located in Columbia County, near Florida's northern border where Interstate 10 and Interstate 75 cross. Travelers on both on these major highways can see the plant while driving by, and the Florida Department of Transportation's I-10 Westbound rest area offers visitors a sweeping view of thousands of the panels.
"We're proud to be the gateway to Florida, and nothing says welcome to the Sunshine State better than the hundreds of thousands of beautiful solar panels now operating right here," said Glenn Hunter, Columbia County's executive director of economic development.
FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center
The FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center is located in Volusia County, which is also home to other FPL solar installations, most notably the FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway, one of the top five largest solar installations at a U.S. professional sports venue.
"Our economy, our community and our environment are interconnected, and this solar energy center has had a positive impact on all three of these guiding principles that serve as the foundation of our Sustainability Action Plan and our future," said Katrina Locke, the county's sustainability and natural resources director. "Volusia County has a bright future ahead, and we're excited to have this renewable energy in our community."
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