Our universal solar energy centers generate zero-emissions power for all FPL customers using the sun for fuel. Universal solar is the fastest and most cost-effective way to bring more solar to more Floridians. By early 2018, we plan to install 2.5 million panels at eight new solar energy centers located around the state.
Advancing universal solar cost-effectively for all customers
FPL is proud to continue leading the advancement of affordable clean energy infrastructure in Florida; reducing emissions while keeping customer bills among the lowest in the nation.
In 2016, we built three, 74.5-megawatt universal solar energy centers, each capable of generating enough solar to power about 15,000 homes. And by early 2018, we plan to build universal solar plants at eight locations adding nearly 600 megawatts of solar generating capacity – enough to power about 120,000 homes with zero-emissions energy. FPL’s solar plants are cost-effective, resulting in millions of dollars in net savings to FPL customers over their operational lifetime.
Proposed FPL Universal Solar Energy Centers
Expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017:
Expected to be completed by March 1, 2018:
Eight new solar energy centers by 2018
Universal Solar Energy Centers
Commercial-Scale Projects (Daytona International Speedway and FIU)
2016 Universal Solar Energy Centers
FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
FPL Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center
At this first-of-its-kind “hybrid” solar facility in the world, which opened in 2010, we’ve teamed up Florida’s sunshine with affordable, American-produced natural gas. Together, they can 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.
How it Works
During the day, 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.
FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy 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 generates 10 megawatts of zero-emissions energy, or enough to power 2,000 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.
FPL 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, generating 25 megawatts of clean, zero-emissions energy. That’s enough to power about 5,000 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.