Florida Power & Light building 8 new solar plants

Eight new 74.5-megawatt solar power plants will be constructed in Florida by 2018, Florida Power & Light Company (FLP) said in a recent release.

The plants are reportedly cost-effective, helping FLP customers save millions of dollars during the plants' lifetime.

"With the support of communities across the state, we are advancing smart, affordable clean energy infrastructure while keeping customer bills low," Eric Silagy, FPL President and CEO, said in the release. "On a per-megawatt basis, these eight new plants will be the lowest-cost solar ever built in Florida and some of the lowest-cost solar ever built in America. Our steadfast commitment to delivering solar cost-effectively directly benefits our customers, our environment and the economy."

The plants' combined output is expected to provide power to approximately 120,000 homes. Additionally, the construction of the sites will bring approximately 1,600 jobs, employing 200 people, the release said. Construction is expected to begin during the spring.

"The Nature Conservancy wholeheartedly supports Florida's renewable energy future, and we're pleased to see FPL's shared commitment by adding 2.5 million new solar panels at eight new universal solar power plants," Greg Knecht, deputy executive director of the Florida chapter of The Nature Conservancy, said in the release.

The eight plants will be built in Alachua, Brevard, Hendry, Putnam, Indian River, DeSoto and St. Lucie counties, the release said.

One Florida resident shared his excitement of the power plants being built.

"I am a snowbird who spends summers in Cape Cod where my electric rates are way higher than FPL's," David Lee Valdina, a retiree and part-time resident of the Barefoot Bay community, said in the release. "I was impressed with the plans for the new solar plant. In addition to generating more clean energy for us, the solar plant will make an excellent neighbor – quiet and out of sight."

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