Florida Power & Light Company Commissions 13 New Solar Energy Centers, Nation’s Largest Solar Expansion
By Space Coast Daily // March 24, 2023
FPL reaches milestone of over 60 operational solar energy centers in the state
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently brought 13 new solar energy centers online throughout Florida as part of the nation’s largest solar expansion.
In total, FPL now has 63 solar energy centers operating statewide and expects to bring three more online later this year.
Combined, the solar energy centers will help power approximately 945,000 homes throughout the state with cost-effective, reliable energy free of carbon emissions.
“This milestone is the latest example of FPL’s continued commitment to making sustained, long-term investments in solar energy – which uses no fuel to produce energy – to help deliver low-cost, reliable service to our customers and move our state toward energy independence,” said Tim Oliver, vice president of FPL Development.
“The latest three sites FPL commissioned also support FPL’s SolarTogether program, which offers customers the ability to invest in community solar without having to put solar panels on their roofs and can help drive down their bills over time.”
The 13 new solar energy centers include FPL’s Shirer Branch, Wild Azalea, Chautauqua, Chipola River, Flowers Creek, Anhinga, First City, Apalachee, Everglades, Cavendish, Blackwater River, Pink Trail, and Bluefield Preserve Solar Energy Centers.
These centers are found in Calhoun, Clay, Escambia, Gadsden, Jackson, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Santa Rosa St. Lucie and Walton counties.
Each solar energy center operates without water or fuel and places little or no demand on public services. The sites help increase biodiversity and provide resources for native wildlife for the life of the project. Every FPL solar energy center will also provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue to the counties they operate in, annually, over their expected lifespan.
Together, the 13 new solar energy centers are capable of generating over 960 MW of emissions-free energy with minimal visual and noise impacts. That’s enough to power over 195,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions equal to taking over 182,000 gasoline-dependent cars off the road each year.
FPL’s Shirer Branch, Wild Azalea and Chautauqua Solar Energy Centers in Northwest Florida join FPL Palm Bay and Discovery Solar Energy Centers in Brevard County as part of FPL’s SolarTogether program, the largest community solar program in the country.
Over time, FPL SolarTogether participants’ credits increase and could help lower their monthly bill. For more information on SolarTogether, visit FPL.com/SolarTogether.