Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) has commenced construction on its next eight solar projects, which total nearly 600 MW of combined capacity.
Each of the eight facilities will be capable of generating 74.5 MW of power, according to the utility. Power will feed into FPL’s energy grid and contribute electricity equivalent to the consumption of an estimated 120,000 homes.
Today, about 500 people are working on construction across the eight solar sites. FPL expects the construction workforce to grow to approximately 1,500 during peak activity this summer.
The sites are in various stages of early construction, ranging from ground-clearing work to initial infrastructure installation. The first solar panels are being installed at the FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, which straddles Alachua and Putnam counties.
“FPL continues to transform the energy landscape of the state and nation, and we are honored that North Florida is playing an important role,” says Brian Bergen, vice president of economic development for the Putman County Chamber of Commerce. “These new solar power plants are about more than just affordable clean energy. They’re also delivering economic benefits right here, right now.”
The eight new FPL solar plants under construction and their expected completion dates are as follows:
- Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam counties (Dec. 31);
- Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County (Dec. 31);
- Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County (Dec. 31);
- Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County (Dec. 31);
- Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County (March 1, 2018);
- Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County (March 1, 2018);
- Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County (March 1, 2018); and
- Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County (March 1, 2018).
From 2017 through 2023, FPL plans to add nearly 2.1 GW of new solar, including the approximately 600 MW currently under construction.