FPL states that it has secured and permitted additional sites where more than 500 MW of new solar power can be constructed.
On March 5th, 2011 Florida Power and Light Company (FPL, Juno Beach, Florida, U.S.) celebrated the commissioning of a 75MW plant that combines concentrating solar power (CSP) and natural gas generation. The Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center covers two square kilometers, pairing 190,000 solar thermal collectors with an existing combined cycle natural gas power plant.
"From job creation to cleaner air to energy security, this project demonstrates the many benefits of investing in large-scale renewable energy, especially in Florida," said FPL President and CEO Armando J. Olivera. "We’re hopeful that today’s leaders will take action to enable more cost-effective investments like this so we can continue taking dramatic steps forward to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and get more Floridians back to work quickly."