Utility giant NextEra adds 1.8 GW of renewables, storage to backlog

Sunshine Gateway
Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center Construction in Wellborn, Fla., on September 25, 2018 (Courtesy: NextEra)

NextEra Energy – owner of Florida Power & Light, Gulf Power, and NextEra Energy Resources – added 1.8 gigawatts of renewables and storage to its backlog in the second quarter of 2021, the company reported last week.

FPL made significant progress in Q2 on its plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, adding 373 megawatts of incremental solar. The investor-owned utility has completed 40% of its ’30-by-30’ plan and expects to have installed 15 million panels by early next year.

Read More: FPL reaches major solar installation milestone

NextEra Energy Resources added 285 MW of new wind and wind repowering, 1,450 MW of solar, and 105 MW of battery storage to its backlog of signed contracts since reporting first-quarter financial results in April, the company said.

“For the second quarter, NextEra Energy Resources continued to capitalize on the terrific market opportunity for low-cost renewables and storage and added approximately 1,840 megawatts to its backlog since the release of our first-quarter financial results in April,” Jim Robo, chairman and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy, said in a statement.

Industry experts will discuss utility-scale energy storage breakthroughs – including software solutions, battery challenges, safety, financing, and grid balancing attributes – during POWERGEN International Conference Sessions in Dallas, Texas, January 26-28. Find more information about the event, and how to register, here.

FPL demolished its last coal-fired plant in Florida in June. The company plans to replace the plant with emissions-free solar energy facilities as part of its focus on “identifying smart capital investments to lower costs, improve reliability and provide clean energy solutions.”

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