JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that construction is in progress on the company’s next wave of solar energy centers. This is on the heels of Florida leading the largest first quarter in solar installations for the utility-scale solar industry in the U.S. FPL’s new solar energy centers under construction include:
- FPL Egret Solar Energy Center, Baker County
- FPL Lakeside Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
- FPL Magnolia Springs Solar Energy Center, Clay County
- FPL Nassau Solar Energy Center, Nassau County
- FPL Trailside Solar Energy Center, St. Johns County
- FPL Union Springs Solar Energy Center, Union County
“As our state navigates through uncertain times, FPL remains focused on finding new, innovative ways to deliver an even cleaner, more sustainable energy future that will help keep bills low for our customers,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Make no mistake, we are committed to growing solar and making Florida a leader in clean solar energy. In fact, we remain on track to install 30 million solar panels by 2030 and I’ll be disappointed if we don’t install more. It’s what our customers expect us to do and it’s simply the right thing for our state to ensure that our children and grandchildren benefit from a clean and affordable energy future for generations to come.”
The six new solar energy centers, which are on track to go into operation by the end of this year, will support FPL SolarTogetherSM – the company’s highly popular community solar program and the largest of its kind in the U.S.
Approximately 700 workers are currently engaged in various stages of construction at the new projects, and that number will increase to about 1,200 jobs during peak construction. Safety is at the core of FPL’s culture, and the company is taking precautionary measures and working with contractors to ensure they are following guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing and practicing safe work habits.
FPL has already brought 10 new solar energy centers online this year, and its sister company Gulf Power has commissioned one new solar plant. These solar projects combined with the six 74.5 MW-solar plants being constructed will result in more than 5.6 million panels or approximately 1,275 MW of new solar capacity added in 2020, helping to make Florida a leader in solar energy. FPL and Gulf Power are combining into one single energy company in early 2021, pending regulatory approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The two systems will be connected via a new transmission line under development, enabling customers on both coasts of Florida to benefit from solar developments throughout the peninsula.
Earlier this year, FPL and Gulf Power filed an integrated resource plan with the Florida Public Service Commission. This joint plan shows the continued expansion of solar and energy storage technology, including 800 additional MW of solar capacity compared to the 2019 resource plans for both companies, and is expected to result in a nearly 70% increase in both companies’ total energy delivered from zero-emissions sources by 2029 as compared to 2019.
Florida's largest generator of solar energy
FPL currently operates 28 solar power plants, two that feature innovative energy storage, and hundreds of smaller solar installations*. Florida’s largest generator of solar power, FPL has approximately 1,975 megawatts of universal solar capacity, including:
- FPL Babcock Preserve Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
- FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, Charlotte County
- FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
- FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
- FPL Blue Heron Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
- FPL Cattle Ranch Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Citrus Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
- FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
- FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
- FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
- FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam counties
- FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
- FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
- FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
- FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
- FPL Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center (hybrid solar/natural gas), Martin County
- FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Miami-Dade County
- FPL Northern Preserve Solar Energy Center, Baker County
- FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
- FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, Volusia County
- FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
- FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
- FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, Columbia County
- FPL Sweetbay Solar Energy Center, Martin County
- FPL Twin Lakes Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
- FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway, Volusia County*
- Solar research installation at Florida International University, Miami-Dade County*
For more information, visit www.FPL.com/solar.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5.1 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30% lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL’s service reliability is better than 99.98%, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2020 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the seventh consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2020 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 470,000 customers in eight counties throughout northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
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