FPL, NASA Begin Construction Of Solar Plant At Kennedy Space Center


Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) and NASA have broken ground on FPL's Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, which will be located on NASA property at Kennedy Space Center and, when completed, will produce an estimated 10 MW of solar power.

The new photovoltaic power facility is the result of a public-private partnership between FPL and NASA. FPL is also building a separate solar facility of approximately 1 MW that will provide power directly to Kennedy Space Center, helping NASA meet its renewable energy goals.

The Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center will feature approximately 35,000 solar photovoltaic panels from SunPower across 60 acres at Kennedy Space Center. Last month, SunPower and FPL Group announced a supply agreement for 2010 through 2012. SunPower has also committed to locating a research and development center in Florida if the state continues its robust solar program.

SOURCE: Florida Power & Light Co.

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