Florida Power and Light (FPL) has already added 1.25 million solar panels in 2017 and plans to add another 2.5 million panels by early 2018. The utility said that by 2020 it expects the amount of its installed solar power to surpass the total amount of energy it has coming from coal and oil combined.
The utility has already installed 335 megawatts of solar and has 600 MWs of solar power under construction across eight solar farms. It’s taking advantage of Florida’s solar resources—which is ranked as the 9th sunniest state—as it plans to add more than 2,300 MWs of solar power by 2023.
"We're investing nearly $1 billion to grow solar in Florida this year alone, and we're building each of these new solar power plants cost-effectively," said FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. "Together, these eight new plants are projected to generate an estimated net lifetime savings of more than $100 million for our customers—over and above the cost of construction.” Each of the new solar farms being built are 74.5 MWs in size, comprising a total of 596 MWs.
“Our continued commitment to rapidly expand solar energy while keeping customer bills low demonstrates that it is, in fact, possible to be both clean and affordable,” Silagy remarked while touring the construction site of the FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center in Brevard County.
The utility is speeding its deployment of solar power. In 2016 it completed 3 other solar farms, installing 1 million solar panels. Currently FPL is employing 1,000 men and women to build out its solar power plants.
"FPL's clean energy infrastructure investments continue to pay off for Floridians and give our state's economy a competitive advantage," said Vicki Northrup, an economic development consultant in Brevard County. "Residents and businesses served by FPL are enjoying cleaner and cleaner energy while continuing to pay significantly less for power than the national average.”
The utility began its modern march toward adding in scale solar power since 2009, when it installed a 25 megawatt solar farm. In 2016, it said it began adding in cost-effective solar power in Florida, with the first three of its new solar farms.Tweet