Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently revealed a pilot project based on a Washington, D.C. summit on scaling renewable energy and storage, with plans to test-run new technologies for fortifying the electric grid.
Following a session at the White House, FPL intends to install varied battery types in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties in southern Florida to assess possible energy storage advantages and the continued development of solar energy.
"President Obama believes in the need to transition to a cleaner, more reliable and affordable 21st century power grid,” a White House statement detailed. “Under his leadership, transformations in how we produce and consume electricity are decreasing carbon pollution, scaling up renewable energy, and generating savings on consumers' energy bills."
FPL's project is included in a series of federal and private sector commitments from the Obama Administration. Its energy storage initiative will study the feasibility of recycling vehicle batteries, developing large-scale portable energy storage for major events and creating a backup system in a remote area of Everglades National Park.
Additionally, FPL is constructing three new Florida solar power plants to begin operation later in the year, estimated to potentially triple the amount of solar energy use and consisting of over one million solar panels.
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