FPL will build 300 MW new photovoltaic plants in 2019

DeSoto Solar Energy Center, owned by Florida Power & Light

US utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) will build four new solar power plants this year with an installed capacity of 74.5 MW each, named »Okeechobee« (Okeechobee County), »Hibiscus« (Palm Beach County), »Echo River« (Suwannee County) and »Southfork« (Manatee County). Commissioning is expected in early 2020.
»These solar plants are part of our commitment to install 30 million more solar panels by 2030 across more than 100 new solar sites,« said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. According to the company, at peak construction, each FPL solar plant employs about 200 workers. The utility estimates that about 3,000 jobs have been created since 2016 when the company embarked on one of the largest solar expansions in the country. FPL currently operates 18 solar power plants, two that feature energy storage, and hundreds of smaller PV systems, with a cumulative installed capacity of 1,250 MW.
Florida ranked second in the nation’s 2018 solar employment, behind California, according to a recent report by The Solar Foundation. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity projects solar jobs to grow by more than 60 percent through 2026, compared to statewide job growth of about 10 percent.

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