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Solar In Our Community

Bringing solar energy closer. One community at a time.

Florida Power & Light (FPL) solar trees, SolarZones and canopies are eye-catching, innovative solar structures created to bring solar technology to the hearts of our communities. They provide shade and harness the power of the sun while generating emissions-free energy that benefits all of us.

Why is FPL installing solar trees and canopies?

Florida is in the midst of one of the largest solar expansions in the country. FPL is leading the future of solar energy through a “30-by-30” plan to install 30 million solar panels throughout out all of Florida by the year 2030.

We’re already on our way with our first project in Northwest Florida. The Blue Indigo Solar Energy Center in Jackson County went into operation on April 1, 2020, and the plan is to reach 11,700 megawatts of zero-emissions solar energy in Northwest Florida by 2030.

Many of our large solar energy centers may not be as easily visible to the public, so we are strategically installing solar trees, SolarZones and solar parking canopies in Northwest Florida. Solar trees, SolarZones and solar parking canopies are innovative solar structures that bring clean energy to the heart of local communities. They help transform the host locations into living classrooms for people of all ages to learn about solar.

These structures also serve as reminders of our mission to deliver clean, cost-effective and reliable energy to our customers and communities.

  • Teaching the next generation about the value of sustainability is critical, and these projects showcase solar energy to tens of thousands of people every year.
  • Each location includes unique features like charging stations that can be used by visitors and edge lights that can be programmed to change colors for a visual experience.
  • They also provide an eco-friendly backdrop for visitors to create lasting memories, all while fostering a renewed sense of community.
  • QR codes on each structure also provide smartphone users with information about FPL’s solar commitment.

Solar Trees

  • Two 1.85-kilowatt solar trees are located at the corner of Main and Reus, at the crosswalk to the Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola.
  • One 1.7-kilowatt solar tree is located on the boardwalk at Newman C. Brackin Wayside Park in Fort Walton Beach. 
  • Two 3.4-kilowatt solar trees are located on the HarborWalk Village Boardwalk in Destin.
FPL solar tree in front of the Pensacola City Hall

 

FPL solar tree in front of Pensacola City Hall at the corner of the Main and Reus streets crosswalk.

rendering of solar tree in downtown Pensacola on Main and Reus streets

 

FPL solar tree in front of the Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola at the Main and Reus streets crosswalk.

FPL solar tree at Destin's Harborwalk

 

FPL solar trees at Destin’s HarborWalk Village Boardwalk. 

solar tree at fort walton beach

 

FPL solar tree at Newman C. Brackin Wayside Park in Fort Walton Beach.

Solar Canopies

  • A 22-kilowatt solar canopy in the parking lot of the Corrine Jones Resource Centers at Sanders Beach in Pensacola includes four disabled parking spaces.
  • A 40-kilowatt solar canopy covers 20 parking spaces in the Baylen Street parking lot in Pensacola as part of a partnership with One Palafox Place.
FPL solar canopy at the parking lot of Corrine Jones Resource Center

 

Corrine Jones Resource Center at Sanders Beach in Pensacola

FPL solar canopy at the parking lot on Baylen street in Pensacola

 

Baylen Street parking lot in Pensacola

Solar Zones

Features:

  • Capacity to generate about 2,700 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, enough solar energy to charge four wireless mobile devices and LED lighting through the night on a daily basis.
  • Weatherproof outlets for laptop charging.
  • QR code to access information about the benefits of FPL’s Northwest Florida solar trees, SolarZones and solar canopies, as well as our large-scale solar energy centers that are in service and in development across Florida.
  • Seating for up to eight people with the ability to remove one bench for ADA access.

Locations:

  • One 1.8-kilowatt SolarZone is located at the City of Pensacola’s Osceola Golf Course
  • One 1.8-kiowatt SolarZone is located at the City of Pensacola’s Roger Scott Tennis Center 

Learn more about the City of Pensacola's environmental efforts at: https://www.cityofpensacola.com/488/Environment