President Barack Obama joined FPL Group officials Tuesday for the commissioning of the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center.
The center, which uses more than 90,000 PV panels that turn the sun's rays into electricity to power more than 3,000 homes, is generating significant economic and environmental benefits, FPL says. In addition to the DeSoto plant, FPL is building a 75 MW solar thermal facility in Martin County and a 10 MW solar PV facility on the Space Coast.
SunPower Corp. is providing the panels, as well as its proprietary tracking system, for the DeSoto plant.
According to FPL, the three solar projects combined will create more than 1,500 direct jobs and more than 5,000 total jobs for the state of Florida. In addition, they will save 1 million barrels of oil and avoid 3.5 million tons of greenhouse gases.