Florida Power and Light Company has built three new solar centers and said in a recent news release that it plans to expand by building four more in 2017.
"FPL has been leading the smart, cost-conscious expansion of solar in Florida since we built our first solar power plant back in 2009," FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said in the release. "By investing strategically in affordable clean energy, we continue to improve the efficiency of our system, reduce fuel consumption, lower emissions and help keep costs down for our customers over the long term."
The company currently has a solar generating capacity of more than 335 megawatts and looks to continue the goal of expanding its reach. Solar energy provides a cost efficient alternative, so efficient, in fact, the company said it was recognized in 2016 as one of the most trusted U.S. utilities by Market Strategies International. Residents in the area reportedly pay much less than those who live outside of the solar centers’ reach.
"FPL's universal solar facilities enable all of our customers to enjoy the benefits of clean solar energy affordably," Silagy said in the release. “When the sun rises at one of our solar plants, thousands of homes and businesses are powered with cost-effective, zero-emissions energy. We believe in advancing solar affordably and responsibly for our customers and our state, and the coming years will be a game-changing time for solar in Florida."
FPL said it is looking to continue developing solar plants in smaller communities in the state of Florida. Projects have already been completed in many communities, one being the Palmetto Estuary Nature Preserve in Palmetto, Florida.
"Our innovative solar partnership with FPL is truly a win-win," Shirley Groover Bryant, mayor of the city of Palmetto, said in the release. "The solar panels will generate power for our community from the sun while raising awareness for solar energy with everyone who visits the park."