lorida Power & Light has finished installing nearly 300,000 solar panels at the new Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center in West Kendall. The utility says the solar farm will produce 75 megawatts of electricity, enough to power some 15,000 homes.
Standing in front of the solar farm on Tuesday, Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez said the panels will reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking 12,000 cars off the road. Ultimately, FPL will install about a million panels across the county.
“The benefit that we get is clean, fresh air,” Gimenez said. “That’s not only for us, but also for future generations. We need to leave that kind of legacy for our children and grandchildren.”
The panels in Miami-Dade are part of FPL’s new commitment to solar power.
Despite ranking eighth in the country for solar potential, Florida’s embrace of solar has historically lagged. Just 1.07 percent of Florida’s electricity is solar-powered, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The state does not have renewable energy standards that require utilities to source a certain amount of energy from solar or wind. Indeed, in 2015, energy companies pushed for a statewide ballot initiative that could have restricted third-party providers from installing solar panels. [full article]