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FPL's '30-by-30' Plan Hits Over 12 Million Solar Panels in Florida

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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has achieved a major milestone by surpassing 40% completion of its groundbreaking "30-by-30" plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, which is one of the largest solar expansions in the United States. To date, FPL has installed more than 12 million solar panels in Florida, putting the company well on its way to achieving its "30-by-30" plan.
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By the end of this month, FPL is on track to have 42 solar energy centers in Florida, including its Discovery Solar Energy Center at Kennedy Space Center, which just became operational, and one more, which is expected to begin powering customers with clean energy in the coming weeks. The solar panels installed across the company's sites are expected to save customers approximately $421 million over the lifetime of the assets, while making Florida third in the nation for solar generation, with a trajectory to be a world leader in solar capacity by the end of the decade.

"Reaching this milestone is an important step in our commitment to increase zero-emissions energy as FPL builds a more resilient and sustainable energy future all of us can depend on, including future generations," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "Despite the pandemic, our team has stayed laser-focused on executing our '30-by-30' plan. Eight new solar energy centers have begun powering customers with clean energy so far this year, and three more are scheduled to come online before the end of this year.

"Nobody in the country is building more solar than FPL," Silagy continued. "We're dedicated to providing our customers with clean, affordable and reliable energy, while keeping bills among the nation's lowest – and our rapid solar expansion helps us consistently deliver on this promise. In total, FPL customers are expected to save approximately $421 million from the cost-effective solar investments the company has made to this point."

By the end of this month, the company will have 42 large-scale solar energy centers installed throughout Florida, with more than 3,000 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity – more than any other utility in the U.S. Nearly every solar energy center that becomes operational in 2021 will also support FPL SolarTogether – the company's popular community solar program, which is the nation's largest. FPL expects to achieve another major milestone by early 2022 when it anticipates to have installed more than 15 million panels, which would put the company more than 50% of the way toward completing its "30-by- 30" plan.

By the end of 2030, FPL is planning to have more than 11,700 MW of universal solar capacity. To support its solar buildout, the company recently began installing the first components of the world's largest integrated solar-powered battery system, the 400-MW FPL Manatee EnergyStorage Center. Also, later this month, the company will demolish its last coal-fired plant in Florida, with plans to replace it with more clean, emissions-free solar energy power facilities.

"Since FPL first pioneered large-scale solar development in 2009, our industry has seen a transformation of what was once considered niche technology to solar becoming a dominant source of energy," Silagy said. "Solar helps us reliably power our millions of customers, fuels our economy with jobs and benefits our environment."

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