FPL unveils plans to build four solar power plants in 2019


Florida Power & Light (FPL) has unveiled plans to build four new solar power plants in 2019 that are expected to begin powering customers in early 2020.

The four power plants are: FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County; FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County; FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County; and FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County.

Each solar plant will be capable of generating 74.5MW, for a combined addition of nearly 300MW of new solar capacity, enough to power 60,000 homes.

The new solar plants are expected to bring an additional $26m in net savings to FPL customers over the long-term.

The FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center will expand the company’s clean energy footprint in Okeechobee County, where FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center, a natural gas power plant, will also be established.

FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center will be the company’s largest installation in Palm Beach County, where FPL and its parent company, NextEra Energy, have their headquarters.

FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center near Interstate 10 will be the largest solar installation in Suwannee County so far.

The FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center will be the company’s second solar plant in Manatee County. The FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center was built in 2016.

FPL president and CEO Eric Silagy 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.”

Each FPL solar plant is expected to employ 200 workers at the peak of construction. The company estimates that 3,000 jobs have been created since 2016 when the company took up solar expansion in the country.


Image: FPL unveils plans to build four solar power plants in 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Zbynek Burival on Unsplash.


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