FPL to Construct 2,100 MW of Solar, Upgrade Gas Plant

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By Editors of Power Engineering

Florida Power & Light announced it plans to add 2,100 of new solar developments over the next seven years.

This total includes 600 MW previously announced by FPL that should come online by early 2018. Additional solar would come online at a rate of nearly 300 MW per year. Specific projects haven’t been finalized, though FPL noted a company-owned property in western Miami-Dade County is a promising location.

The utility currently operates more than 335 MW of solar.

Additionally, FPL announced plans to modernize its Dania Beach power plant by replacing its older gas turbines with newer, more fuel-efficient gas-fired technology. The Sun Sentinel reported the utility expects to spend $888 million on the upgrade, and is seeking regulatory approval.

The project would close the plant for two and a half years starting in 2018, boost the capacity to 1,200 MW and rename the facility Dania Beach Clean Energy Center. The facility was originally constructed in 1928.

Finally, FPL announced it has reached an agreement with JEA to shut down the coal-fired St. Johns River Power Park, which is jointly owned by the two facilities.

"We continue to advance affordable clean energy strategically – making substantial improvements year after year while keeping overall electric rates lower than they were 10 years ago," said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. "We're currently building some of the lowest-cost solar ever seen in America, and our investments in more efficient natural gas technology are delivering enormous savings and environmental benefits for our customers and our state. Our strategy of making smart, long-term investments in clean energy infrastructure is working, and we're looking forward to keeping the momentum going with the major advancements announced today – which, combined, are expected to save customers more than half a billion dollars."

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