New Projects, Renewables, Solar

FPL Halfway to 1 Million Solar Panels Installed

By Editors of Power Engineering

Florida Power & Light said it has installed 500,000 new solar panels for three new solar energy centers in Florida. But the utility has another half million solar panels to install by the end of the year.

Each of the three solar energy centers will be able to generate up to 74.5 MW of power, making them among the largest solar projects in the eastern U.S.

“We’re tripling the amount of solar energy we generate for our customers this year, and we plan to continue adding more cost-effective solar in the future,” Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO, said in a press release. “Laid end to end, the 1 million solar panels would just about wrap around the entire coastline of Florida. Today, we’re halfway there.”

The three new solar centers are under construction in Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.

FPL currently operates 110 megawatts of large-scale universal solar at three sites inFlorida, in addition to numerous smaller installations across the state.

Other solar facilities that FPL operates include:

·         FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Brevard County, Fla.

·         FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County, Fla.

·         FPL Martin Clean Energy Center (hybrid solar/natural gas), Martin County, Fla.