Florida Utility Breaks Ground For 745 MW Solar

Florida Power & Light Begins Constructions On 10 Solar Power Plants With 74.5 MW Capacity Each; 6 Plants Likely To Be Designated As Community Solar Projects
04:23 AM (Beijing Time) - 26. May 2019
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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) aims to install 30 million panels by 2030. It said in 2019 alone it is building enough projects to increase its solar capacity by 60% after having broken ground on 10 projects of 74.5 MW each. Pictured is a seaside road and landscape in Florida. (Photo Credit: Aaron Burden/www.goodfreephotos.com)

Key Takeaways

  • Florida Power and Light has put into construction 10 solar power plants each with 74.5 MW capacity
  • Out of these 10, FPL plans to use 6 projects for its SolarTogether community solar program once they are approved by the state public service commission
  • All of this 745 MW capacity is scheduled to be grid connected by early 2020 which will take the utility’s cumulative operational solar power volume to close to 2 GW

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), an electricity utility company based in the US state of Florida, has started construction of 10 solar power plants in Florida, each with 74.5 MW capacity. All the plants are scheduled to enter commercial operations by early 2020 which is when the company will have close to 2 GW of solar power capacity in its operational portfolio.

Currently FPL has 1.25 GW of operational solar power capacity with 18 existing solar plants and other smaller installations. With the addition of 745 MW, all projects together will be enough to power approximately 400,000 homes.

Out of these 10 new solar power plants, 6 will support FPL’s SolarTogether community solar program (see US Utility Proposes 1.49 GW Community Solar Plan).

In March 2019, FPL said it will install over 1 million solar panels in 2019 with 4 projects of 74.5 MW each to be grid connected in early 2020. All 4 projects – Okeechobee in Okeechobee County, Hibiscus in Palm Beach County, Echo River in Suwannee County and Southfork in Manatee County – are part of the 10 projects the utility  has broken ground on now (see Florida Utility To Develop 300 MW Solar In 2019).

“This year alone we’re building enough solar to increase our solar capacity by 60% and we are just getting started as we count down to the installation of 30 million panels by 2030. With 18 solar plants in operation and 10 more on the way, we’re adding even more emissions-free power to one of the cleanest systems in the nation while consistently keeping our customers’ bills among the lowest in the nation,” said Eric Silagy, President and CEO of FPL.

The new 10 solar power plants that FPL has started construction on are:

  • FPL Babcock Preserve Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Blue Heron Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
  • FPL Cattle Ranch Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
  • FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
  • FPL Northern Preserve Solar Energy Center, Baker County
  • FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
  • FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Sweetbay Solar Energy Center, Martin County
  • FPL Twin Lakes Solar Energy Center, Putnam County

The utility is also building a 409 MW/900 MWh energy storage center in Manatee County to come online in late 2021 (see Florida Utility To Build 900 MWh Solar Powered Battery).

Anu Bhambhani

Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews

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