January 9 (Renewables Now) - Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) said on Monday it has brought online 298 MW of solar parks while retiring Florida's largest coal-fired power plants.
The move is in line of the company’s goal to lower its carbon footprint and provide affordable clean energy to its clients. As part of the initiative, the company is building four more 74.5-MW solar plants in the state, expected to be commissioned by March 1.
The newly-commissioned photovoltaic (PV) capacity consists of four plants with a capacity of 74.5 MW each. Powered by more than one million PV panels, the facilities are situated in Alachua, Putnam, Indian River and DeSoto counties of Florida.
When all are completed, the eight PV parks are anticipated to bring more than USD 100 million (EUR 83.6m) in savings to FPL’s clients, the company said. The projects are part of FPL’s larger plan to add more than 10 million solar panels in the period 2016-2023, equal to a total capacity exceeding 2,300 MW.
According to FPL, the closure of the 1,300-MW St Johns River coal-fired power facility in Jacksonville, which it owns together with local utility JEA, will help save more than 5.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The plant was shut down as it was “no longer economical to operate,” FPL said.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.836)