FPL to build four solar power plants in Florida with total capacity of 300MW
Solar industry news : Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced its plans to build four new solar plants in Florida with a combined capacity of 298MW.
The four new solar plants in Florida to be built this year will be Okeechobee Solar Energy Center in Okeechobee County, Hibiscus Solar Energy Center in Palm Beach County, Echo River Solar Energy Center in Suwannee County, and Southfork Solar Energy Center in Manatee County.
Expected to be commissioned by early 2020, the solar power plants will be equipped with more than a million solar panels. FPL expects the new solar plants to create close to 800 jobs, with about 200 jobs at each of the projects.
Each of the new FPL solar power plants in Florida is expected to generate 74.5MW, sufficient to power about 60,000 homes while potentially saving an additional $26 million in net-savings to FPL customers in the long run.
Eric Silagy – FPL president and CEO said: “The construction of four additional solar energy centers is just the latest demonstration of our laser focus on advancing solar energy for all of our customers, while keeping their bills lower than 90 percent of the country.
“These solar plants are part of our commitment to installing 30 million more solar panels by 2030 across more than 100 new solar sites, resulting in the creation of thousands of jobs here in our state.”
FPL claims that it has created nearly 3000 jobs since 2016 when it had started solar expansions in the country.
The utility’s solar capacity in Florida is about 1.25GW from 18 solar power plants, including two plants with energy storage system and hundreds of smaller solar installations.
FPL is among the largest energy companies in the US, serving over five million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million plus people in Florida.
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