FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Florida’s electric grid got a little greener this week after four new Florida Power and Light solar power plants went online, including one located in St. Lucie County.
FPL said all four plants started operations Thursday and are now providing customers with clean energy generated from the facilities.
The new solar plants are located in the following counties:
· FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County located on Indrio Road just west of Interstate 95
· FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Miami-Dade County
· FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, Volusia County
· FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, Columbia County
The solar plant in St. Lucie County contains 300,000 solar panels and is able to power 15,000 homes without creating any greenhouse gas emissions.
The four plants run on no type of fuel except sunshine. FPL said the solar power plants will eventually save customers a total of $40 million over 30 years.
“We’re moving toward an energy efficient, environmentally-friendly source of energy generation that benefits not only the customers, but it benefits the environment and the state as a whole,” said FPL spokesman Stephen Heiman. [click for full article]