Florida Power & Light has proposed building a 485-acre solar panel array in rural southeast Palm Bay, stretching from Centerlane Road northward to the Deer Run neighborhood.
The 75-megawatt Palm Bay Solar Energy Center’s 300,000 photovoltaic panels would angle to the southwest to harness the sun’s rays, generating enough electricity to power about 15,000 homes.
“We make great neighbors, because obviously there’s zero emission generation. But they’re also virtually silent,” Geoff West, an FPL project manager, told the Palm Bay Planning and Zoning Board on Wednesday.
“Really, the only noise associated with these projects is during construction,” West said.
The Palm Bay Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved land use and zoning changes to allow solar farm construction. The Palm Bay City Council will soon cast decisive votes.
Used for citrus farming until about a decade ago, the 485-acre property off Centerlane Road approaches the southern border of Deer Run, Brevard County’s only deed-restricted equestrian neighborhood. The rural subdivision lies southwest of the intersection of Babcock Street and Micco Road. [full article]