FPL augments 74 MW PV plant with 40 MWh storage

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

US utility Florida Power & Light Company announced the creation of the largest solar-plus-storage system built in the US to date: the implementation of a 10 MW/40 MWh battery storage into the operations of the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, a 74.5 MW solar power plant that FPL built in 2016 in Charlotte County, Florida.
According to the company, FPL and other Nextera Energy companies are actively researching and testing battery-storage technologies to study a variety of potential benefits ranging from grid stabilization to improved solar integration. Currently, Nextera Energy companies operate a total of approximately 140 MW of batteries with more than 150 MWh of storage capacity.
In February, FPL announced the first-of-its-kind large-scale application of DC-coupled batteries at a solar plant in the country – a 4 MW/16 MWh storage system located at the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County, Florida. FPL currently operates 14 solar power plants across Florida, and earlier this month, the company announced the locations of its next four new solar power plants with a combined capacity of 298 MW, which are expected to begin powering customers by the spring of 2019.

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