Florida Power & Light is pushing forward with its plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. When completed, it will help make Florida a world leader in renewable energy. FPL head Eric Silagy tells the Daytona Beach News Journal that’s enough solar panels to go around the Earth one and half times. “It’s very exciting. It’s a continuation of what we have been doing but on a vastly larger scale.” The “30 by 30″ expansion will “change the dynamics and make Florida a real leader of solar in the world,” he says.
The company plans to activate 4 new solar farms in early 2019, including a 74.5 megawatt facility in Samsula, located west of New Smyrna Beach. The 300,000 solar panels in that project will generate enough electricity to power 14,500 homes. Silagy says his company has secured sites for 100 more solar projects throughout the state that will generate an additional 1o gigawatts of clean solar power. It is also adding battery storage to many of its solar projects to make that solar power available to customers in the evening after the sun sets. [click for full article]