JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company, which is the largest generator of solar power in Florida, today announced that it has completed the installation of half of the 1 million new solar panels it plans to add by the end of this year to power its customers.
The panels will comprise three new solar energy centers, each of which will provide 74.5 megawatts of generating capacity, making them among the very largest solar facilities in the eastern U.S.
"We're tripling the amount of solar energy we generate for our customers this year, and we plan to continue adding more cost-effective solar in the future," said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. "Laid end to end, the 1 million solar panels would just about wrap around the entire coastline of Florida, or put another way, would extend from Florida to Chicago. Today, we're halfway there. Undeniably, Florida's clean energy landscape is bright, and we're proud to continue leading the advancement of affordable clean solar energy for our customers."
FPL's new solar energy centers are being built cost-effectively, meaning there will be no net cost to the company's customers after savings from fuel and other costs. By leveraging its ability to buy solar panels in bulk and other cost-saving advantages, the company is advancing solar energy affordably for its customers.
FPL currently operates 110 megawatts of large-scale universal solar at three sites in Florida, in addition to numerous smaller installations across the state. The three new solar energy centers -- located in Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties – in addition to several commercial-scale installations, will produce a total of more than 225 new solar megawatts in 2016. The facilities include:
"Our customers and our state benefit from clean energy done responsibly," said Silagy. "That's why we continue to make smart investments that improve the efficiency of our system, reduce fuel consumption, prevent emissions and cut costs for our customers for the long-term."
FPL is cleaner today than the carbon emissions goal set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan for Florida to meet by 2030. At the same time, FPL's typical residential customer bills are about 30 percent lower than the national average.
Other solar facilities that FPL operates include:
In addition, FPL has installed small-scale solar arrays for more than 100 Florida schools and other educational facilities.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2016 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-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 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company