- Florida Power & Light (FPL) has announced that 8 solar power plants that it announced to build in February 2017 are at various stages of construction
- Each of the solar systems will have a capacity of 74.5 MW
- The systems with a total capacity of 600 MW are located in various counties of Florida
- While four of these systems are scheduled for completion by December 31, 2017, the others are targeted to be finished by March 1, 2018
- Around 500 people are currently working onsite; this number may go up to around 1,500 during peak activity in summer
US utility Florida Power & Light (FPL) has announced that construction of 8 solar power plants is currently underway in various counties of Florida. Each of these plants is expected to have a power rating of 74.5 MW, which means total capacity will be nearly 600 MW. FPL had launched these power projects in February 2017 .
Currently, around 500 people are working on the construction sites of the facilities across Florida counties. During peak activity in summer, FPL expects this number to go up to approximately 1,500.
The plants will be built ‘cost-effectively,’ which means ‘these investments will results in net savings for FPL customers over and above the cost of construction,’ according to FPL.
FPL completed three projects of 74.5 MW universal solar power plants in 2016. From 2017 to 2023, it plans to add nearly 2,100 MW new solar power capacity. The eight solar power plants with a cumulative capacity of around 600 MW are part of this 2.1 GW target. As of now, FPL operates over 335 MW of solar generating capacity across the state.
FPL recently announced that it plans to shut down one more coal based power plant, after it already said to shut down two other coal plants during the last two years. FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc.
FPL said that the first solar panels are being installed at the FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center in Alachua and Putnam counties. The 8 projects are located in the following counties (see list with expected completion date of below):
- FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam counties (by Dec. 31, 2017)
- FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County (by Dec. 31, 2017)
- FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County (by Dec. 31, 2017)
- FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County (by Dec. 31, 2017)
- FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County (by March 1, 2018)
- FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County (by March 1, 2018)
- FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County (by March 1, 2018)
- FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County (by March 1, 2018)