Clean Energy for the Next Generation
Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center
FPL has finished construction on three solar energy projects, at diverse locations throughout the state. Together, FPL's Next Generation Solar Energy Centers will provide customers with renewable energy that will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease fossil-fuel usage.
Over the life of the centers, the solar energy produced will prevent the emission of more than 3.5 million tons of greenhouse gases, which according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is equivalent to removing 25,000 cars from our roads, annually. Construction of these three Next Generation Solar Energy Centers will result in Florida becoming the second largest supplier of utility-scale solar power in the nation.
- Construction began in December 2008 and was completed 2010
- The first hybrid solar facility in the world to connect to an existing combined-cycle power plant
- At 75 megawatts, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the largest solar thermal plant outside of California
- Annual estimated generation is enough power to serve about 11,000 homes
- Located at FPL's Martin Plant near Indiantown, Fla.
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- During construction, the project provided around 1,100 construction jobs along with several full-time positions after completion
- Over 30 years, the solar facility will prevent the emission of more than 2.75 million tons of greenhouse gases
- According to the U.S. EPA, this is the equivalent of removing more than 18,700 cars from the road every year for the entire life of the project
- It decreases fossil-fuel usage by approximately 41 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 600,000 barrels of oil
- It does not require additional cooling water
- Solar energy can help Florida secure its energy future since it is not subject to oil supply disruptions or price volatility
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