On Friday, Florida Power & Light Co.’s (FPL) solar power plants surpassed 1 GW of energy generation for the first time.
FPL has 14 solar plants in commercial operation, and four more that are days away from completion, the utility says. During the early afternoon of Friday, Jan. 25, with sunshine across much of Florida, the combined energy generation from FPL’s universal solar portfolio reached its highest-ever total of 1 GW.
“FPL is in the midst of one of largest solar expansions in the history of the U.S.,” says Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “We generated 10 times more solar energy last year than we did in 2016, and we’re investing billions of dollars to advance solar affordably for our customers. Crossing the 1,000 MW mark is a symbolic milestone of our commitment, and we look forward to achieving many more milestones like this in the future.”
According to the utility, 1 GW of electricity is enough to power about 200,000 Florida homes.
Earlier this month, the company announced that it would expand its clean energy commitment with a “30-by-30” plan to install 30 million more solar panels across Florida by 2030.