Florida Power & Light Unveils Plans for Four More Solar Plants, Gas Plant Upgrade

By Editors of Power Engineering

Florida Power & Light just wrapped up development of nearly 600 MW of solar, but the utility just announced plans for four more plants.

The new sites under development include FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County, FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center in Miami-Dade County, FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center in Volusia County and FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center in Columbia County.

Just like the previous eight solar facilities FP&L completed this year, each of the new facilities will have capacities of 74.5 MW. All four are set to begin construction later this year for completion by mid-2019.

“With the support of communities across the state, we are advancing smart, affordable clean energy infrastructure while keeping customer bills low,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “These plants are another step forward in our ongoing strategy of making smart investments to better serve our customers now and in the future.”

FPL currently operates 14 solar plants and other smaller solar installations totaling 930 MW.

Additionally, FPL announced its plans to update the gas-fired Lauderdale Plant into the Dania Beach Clean Energy Center received approval from the Florida Public Service Commission. The modernization will demolish the current facilities, originally constructed in 1928, and establish low-emission gas generators with a capacity of 1,200 MW. The new facility is set for completion by mid-2022.

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