Florida Power and Light Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center To Be Completed By 2018

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New solar centers across Florida by early 2018

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Power & Light Company has been working for several years to find ways to reduce costs in order to bring more universal solar to its customers cost-effectively.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Power & Light Company announced that the Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center will open March 2018.

FPL also named the other locations of its 2017 and 2018 universal solar projects, consisting of eight new 74.5-megawatt solar power plants that will be built over the next 12 months.

“With the support of communities across the state, we are advancing smart, affordable clean energy infrastructure while keeping customer bills low,” said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO.

“On a per-megawatt basis, these eight new plants will be the lowest-cost solar ever built in Florida and some of the lowest-cost solar ever built in America. Our steadfast commitment to delivering solar cost-effectively directly benefits our customers, our environment and the economy.”

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FPL has been working for several years to find ways to reduce costs in order to bring more universal solar to its customers cost-effectively.

Lower costs that come with nearby transmission and substation infrastructure continue to be a driving force behind the selection of FPL’s universal solar sites, as well as the company’s ability to buy solar panels in large quantities – more than 2.5 million solar panels in all across the eight new solar energy centers.

The plants are cost-effective, resulting in millions of dollars in net savings to FPL customers over their operational lifetime – The plants are also projected to prevent more than 500,000 tons of carbon emissions annually – equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 450,000 acres of forest

The following four plants are expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017:

  • FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
  • FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam Counties
  • FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
  • FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County

And the remaining four plants are expected to be completed by March 1, 2018:

  • FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
  • FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
  • FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County

Combined, the new plants are expected to generate enough energy annually to power approximately 120,000 homes and produce net savings for FPL customers of $39 million over their operational lifetime.

The net savings are due primarily to the projected reduction in the use of fossil fuels more than offsetting the cost to build the plants.

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