FPL announced plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030

The DeSoto Solar Energy Center, owned by Florida Power & Light

US utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), announced a plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. FPL has secured solar sites throughout the state, which will enable the company to continue to build solar energy centers across Florida. When this plan is completed, FPL expects »to be the largest utility owner and operator of solar in America.« The company also will be making investments in advanced and innovative battery storage technology. FPL currently operates 18 large solar power plants and hundreds of other universal solar installations across Florida.
Nevertheless, the company is not a renewable energy utility. In recent years, FPL has invested more than $3 billion to upgrade its Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear units, adding more than 500 MW. Since 2001, the company's program to phase out older, oil-fired power plants has reduced the company's reliance on foreign oil more than 99 percent, and saved FPL more than $9.5 billion in fuel costs. FPL is also poised to eliminate its only remaining coal plant in Florida by the end of this year. The company shut down two coal plants in Jacksonville in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
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