FPL targets to build 20 PV plants with a capacity of nearly 1,500 MW for the largest community solar program in the US
Post date: 14/03/2019 - 21:18
USA utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) filed a proposal with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for a new community solar program. According to the company, participating customers »will help accelerate the cost-effective growth of solar in Florida« by subscribing to a portion of new solar power capacity, and in return, they will receive credits that are expected to reduce their monthly bills over time.
Pending PSC approval, FPL plans to install 1,490 MW of new PV plants, consisting of 20 facilities. If approved, FPL Solar Together will be »the largest community solar program in the United States.« The first six solar plants, each of which will have about 300,000 solar panels with an installed capacity of 74.5 MW, are scheduled to be operational in early 2020, with the remaining 14 facilities planned for 2021. FPL has already secured enough land to build all of these plants and the company plans to announce the individual locations in the future.
According to the Solar Energy Industry of America (SEIA), a total of 1,298 MW of community solar has been installed in the US through the third quarter of last year. »This program will more than double the amount of community solar currently in the US,« said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.