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FPL's four newest solar power plants now powering customers, adding more than 1 million solar panels to one of the cleanest systems in the country
- New solar power plants in North, Central and South Florida begin powering FPL customers today, for a total of 18 FPL solar power plants in commercial operation across Florida
- In the midst of one of the largest solar expansions ever in the U.S., FPL generated 10 times more solar energy for Floridians in 2018 than in 2016 and has plans to add more than 30 million more solar panels by 2030
- FPL's typical customer bill continues to be approximately 30 percent lower than the national average
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company today announced the start of operations at its four newest solar power plants, building on the company's successful strategy of advancing affordable clean energy – investing billions of dollars in clean energy while keeping customer bills among the lowest in the nation.
The new solar plants that officially began powering FPL customers today are:
Each of the new plants is capable of generating 74.5 megawatts of power from the sun, for a combined addition of nearly 300 megawatts of new solar capacity. FPL now operates a total of 18 solar power plants and hundreds of other smaller solar installations, totaling approximately 1,250 megawatts of universal solar capacity across Florida.
"These solar plants are the latest tangible evidence of our unparalleled commitment to investing in clean energy technologies for Florida affordably – a strategy that has already dramatically reduced emissions and produced billions of dollars in savings for Floridians," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.
By far the state's largest producer of solar energy, FPL leverages its experience and economies of scale to advance solar cost-effectively. The four new solar plants alone are estimated to deliver a net lifetime savings of more than $40 million for FPL customers.
Earlier this month, FPL announced a groundbreaking "30-by-30" plan to install more than 30 million additional solar panels across Florida by 2030. The plan will result in approximately 11,000 MW of installed solar capacity by 2030. FPL also plans to make unprecedented new investments in advanced battery storage technology to increase the company's ability to use solar energy even when the sun isn't shining.
FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center
"The FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center is just one example of the extraordinary results that come when we work together with partners like FPL to improve our communities with renewable energy and continue to make Miami one of the best places to live, work and raise a family," said Mayor Carlos A. Giménez.
FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center
"The Treasure Coast is fortunate to have such a reliable, affordable electric provider that we can count on and that is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into our communities," said Peter Tesch, president of the county's Economic Development Council.
FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center
"We're proud to be the gateway to Florida, and nothing says welcome to the Sunshine State better than the hundreds of thousands of beautiful solar panels now operating right here," said Glenn Hunter, Columbia County's executive director of economic development.
FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center
"Our economy, our community and our environment are interconnected, and this solar energy center has had a positive impact on all three of these guiding principles that serve as the foundation of our Sustainability Action Plan and our future," said Katrina Locke, the county's sustainability and natural resources director. "Volusia County has a bright future ahead, and we're excited to have this renewable energy in our community."
For more information about FPL's solar energy commitment, visit www.FPL.com/solar.
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