January 16, 2017

FPL unveils plans for 298 MW of new Florida solar parks

By: Vicki Parsons - IT

Jan 16, 2017 08:24 CET by Ivan Shumkov

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January 16 (SeeNews) – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) on Friday unveiled plans to add more than 298 MW of solar capacity in its home state in 2017, having just plugged in three photovoltaic (PV) parks totalling 224 MW.

The company, which is a unit of NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), said in a statement that on December 31 it switched on three 74.5-MW universal solar power plants in Florida, namely the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center and the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. All three of the facilities were built on time, under budget and cost-effectively, the firm said.

This year, FPL intends to build four more universal solar power plants of the same size, including at sites in Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties with local approvals in place. The company expects to start construction work as early as the first quarter of the year.

In addition, it plans to install a number of solar systems in local communities and is developing further large-scale solar projects that could be announced in the coming months, it added.