At our three solar energy centers throughout Florida, we’re making the most of our state’s sunshine, turning it into clean energy and using it to power your home or business. By using solar energy and other American-made energy sources, like natural gas, we’ve been able to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 99 percent—the equivalent of 750,000 barrels of oil just from solar energy*. We’re also helping to make the air we breathe cleaner because our emissions-free solar plants prevent millions of tons of greenhouse gases. Through the years, we’ve invested millions to bring you this clean energy as part of our ongoing efforts to explore technologies and find ways to change our energy future for the better.
*Barrels of oil figure represents the equivalent amount needed if electric generation produced by FPL’s solar plants since 2009 had been produced using oil.
Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center
At this first-of-its-kind “hybrid” solar facility in the world, we’ve teamed up Florida’s sunshine with affordable, American-produced natural gas to deliver reliable electricity to you around the clock. When the sun is shining, we use more than 190,000 mirrors over roughly 500 acres to harness Florida’s sunshine. The sun’s rays heat fluid-filled tubes, producing steam, which generates electricity for your home or business. At night or when it’s cloudy, U.S. natural gas steps in to continue producing clean electricity for you as featured in this video from America's Natural Gas Alliance. The facility opened in 2010 and can produce enough electricity to power about 11,000 homes. It also prevents greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere every year – the equivalent of removing nearly 13,000 cars from the road.
Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center
This innovative public-private partnership with NASA brings more clean, solar energy to our customers. The solar center leverages the expertise of NASA, the first pioneers of solar power use in space, and FPL’s leadership in renewable energy here at home. Located at Kennedy Space Center, it uses PV solar panels to convert light into electricity for you. Since it began serving our customers in 2010, this center feeds about 18,500 MWh of electricity into our state’s electric grid each year, or enough for more than 1,100 homes. Like all of our solar energy centers, it helps us reduce foreign oil use and prevent the emission of about 13,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year, which is like removing 2,700 cars from the road.
DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center
At Florida’s first-ever solar energy center, 90,500 solar panels move into position to catch the sun’s rays. The largest of its kind in the nation when it opened in 2009, this facility continues to serve customers using photovoltaic, or “PV,” technology – a process for converting sunshine directly into electricity for our customers. It works for you during the day, when the sun is not hiding behind clouds, producing about 52,000 MWh of electricity annually. That’s enough to power about 3,000 homes. The emissions-free center is estimated to help us eliminate nearly 37,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year and thousands of barrels of oil, making it a clean and energy independent way to bring you electricity.