FPL starts construction of 10 solar power plants

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An existing solar array in Gainesville

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) says it has started construction on 10 new solar power plants, expected to be completed by early 2020.

They are:

  • FPL Babcock Preserve Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Blue Heron Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
  • FPL Cattle Ranch Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
  • FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
  • FPL Northern Preserve Solar Energy Center, Baker County
  • FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
  • FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Sweetbay Solar Energy Center, Martin County
  • FPL Twin Lakes Solar Energy Center, Putnam County

Each of the 10 new solar plants FPL is building this year is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during peak construction, the company said in its statement Florida ranked second in the nation in 2018 in solar employment, behind California, according to The Solar Foundation.

“FPL is well on its way to making Florida a world leader in solar energy,” FPL president and CEO Eric Silagy said in a statement. “This year alone we’re building enough solar to increase our solar capacity by 60% and we are just getting started as we count down to the installation of 30 million panels by 2030. With 18 solar plants in operation and 10 more on the way, we’re adding even more emissions-free power to one of the cleanest systems in the nation while consistently keeping our customers’ bills among the lowest in the nation.”

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