Florida Power & Light (FPL) on March four introduced plans to construct 4 new solar energy crops this 12 months, with every anticipated to return on-line in early 2020. The firm has quickly expanded its solar energy portfolio lately; the 4 new crops will be part of 18 others already working within the state.
FPL is also simply weeks away from bringing on-line a 1,600-MW pure gas-fired plant west of Vero Beach. That plant is one in all a number of new gasoline crops the utility has both not too long ago introduced on-line or is growing.
The new photo voltaic crops, every with technology capability of 74.5 MW, embrace the Okeechobee Solar Energy Center in Okeechobee County; the Hibiscus Solar Energy Center in Palm Beach County; the Echo River Solar Energy Center in Suwannee County; and the Southfork Solar Energy Center in Manatee County.
“The development of 4 extra photo voltaic vitality facilities is simply the newest demonstration of our laser concentrate on advancing photo voltaic vitality for all of our clients, whereas holding their payments decrease than 90% of the nation,” Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO, mentioned in a information launch. “These photo voltaic crops are a part of our dedication to putting in 30 million extra photo voltaic panels by 2030 throughout greater than 100 new photo voltaic websites, ensuing within the creation of hundreds of jobs right here in our state.”
A latest report from The Solar Foundation mentioned Florida ranks behind solely California within the variety of jobs associated to the solar energy trade. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity expects photo voltaic jobs will develop by greater than 60% by 2026.
The new photo voltaic plant in Okeechobee County will be part of FPL’s Okeechobee Clean Energy Center, a 1,600-MW pure gas-fired facility that was authorized by state regulators in early 2016. The plant is positioned about 24 miles west of Vero Beach and is predicted to return on-line within the subsequent month. The gasoline plant is configured as a Three-Three-1, with three combustion generators hooked up to a few warmth restoration steam turbines (HRSGs), which then ship steam to 1 steam turbine generator.
The combustion generators are GE 7HA.02 fashions, every with evaporative cooling and moist compression for enhanced output. The steam turbine generator is a tandem compound four-flow condensing turbine, rated at about 575 MW. The HRSGs are multi-pressure with reheat and embrace selective catalytic discount for NOxmanagement. FPL touts the gasoline plant because the cleanest of its kind.
“FPL’s investments in clear energy technology proceed to be a game-changer for our county,” Jeff Sumner, president of Sumner Engineering & Consulting and chairman of the Economic Council of Okeechobee County, mentioned in an announcement. “Investments like these present an important injection of financial exercise to our space and assist assist our local people for years to return.”
The Hibiscus Solar Energy Center is in Palm Beach County, dwelling to each FPL’s headquarters and the workplaces of its guardian firm, NextEra Energy.
“We’re lucky to have a world chief in renewable vitality positioned proper right here in Palm Beach County,” mentioned Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, in an announcement. “FPL’s capacity to ship among the cleanest and most inexpensive energy within the nation is a significant aggressive benefit that helps us entice companies to our space.”
The FPL photo voltaic plant in Suwannee County will probably be seen to drivers on Interstate 10 headed both west to Tallahassee or east to Jacksonville. “FPL’s photo voltaic funding is a perfect match for our group because it helps the expansion of fresh tech and ecotourism, two trade sectors that present for a diversified and sustainable regional economic system,” Jimmy Norris, director, Suwannee County Economic Development, mentioned in an announcement. “And its location will assist us promote that Suwannee County is taking part in a task in Florida’s transition from the Sunshine State to the Solar State.”