Florida Power & Light Company breaks ground on three new solar plants

Daniel Searle 12 Feb 2016 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has broken ground on three new solar power plants in Florida.

The power plants include the 762-acre FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center in Parrish equipped with over 338,000 solar panels, the 841-acre FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County, and the 440-acre FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County.

Each of the three facilities will have a capacity of 74.5MW. The new plants are expected to triple the company's existing solar capacity once they become operational by the end of 2016.

The project will entail an investment of $400m, and will create about 250 construction jobs.

FPL president and CEO Eric Silagy said: "Six years ago, not far from here, FPL commissioned what was then the largest photovoltaic solar power plant ever built in the US with 90,000 solar panels.

"Fast-forward to 2016, and we're extending our leadership role in the renewable energy space by installing 1m new solar panels. If you laid these panels end to end, they would nearly wrap around the entire state.

“But we couldn't have come this far on our own. Working with the communities we serve, we are building solar energy centres that are not only reliable, but also cost-effective, providing affordable, clean energy for our customers for generations to come."

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