Solar, Utility Scale

FPL To Power Up 25-MW Solar PV System

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) expects the 25-megawatt (MW) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia, Florida, to begin delivering electricity to customers later this month – ahead of schedule. Constructed in less than a year, the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center uses more than 90,000 photovoltaic panels.

The project is one of three new commercial-scale solar power plants FPL is building in Florida, along with solar energy centers in Martin County and at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Together, these will total 110 MW of capacity by the end of 2010 and are expected to make Florida the second largest solar power-producing state in the country.

“Large-scale solar projects such as FPL’s DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center provide Florida with the opportunity to create and attract more clean-energy jobs and produce millions of dollars in new revenue for local governments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting the effects of climate change,” said Eric Silagy, FPL’s VP and CDO.