FPL also announced it has opened four new solar power plants comprised of more than 1 million solar panels. These advancements will further improve FPL's carbon emissions profile, which the company claims is already approximately 30 percent cleaner than the U.S. industry average
"The truth is progress like this doesn't happen by accident. It's because of our culture of responsible innovation and an unwavering commitment to customers that we're able to deliver cleaner, more reliable energy while keeping electric bills among the lowest in the country," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.
On Jan. 1, 2018, the following new plants began powering FPL customers:
The company also expects to complete construction on another four solar plants soon:
At 74.5 megawatts each, these solar plants – which encompass approximately 2.6 million solar panels – total nearly 600 megawatts of new zero-emissions energy capacity.
FPL's new solar plants are designed to effectively pay for themselves over their operational lifetimes. Across Florida, FPL has installed more than 3.5 million new solar panels in less than two years. By 2023, FPL expects to grow this to more than 10 million solar panels.
"FPL has a forward-looking strategy of making smart, innovative, long-term investments, including solar, to reduce emissions while providing affordable clean energy for its customers," said Julie Wraithmell, interim executive director of Audubon Florida.
Photo: Barefoot Bay construction (FPL)