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Solar In Our Community

Bringing solar energy closer. One community at a time.

Florida Power & Light (FPL) solar trees, solar canopies and SolarZones 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 structures?

Florida is in the midst of one of the largest solar expansions in the country and Northwest Florida plays an important role. 

Today, in Northwest Florida, there are three large-scale FPL solar energy centers in operation, generating zero-emissions energy for our customers, as well as 10 solar energy centers under construction.

Many of our large solar energy centers may not be visible to the public, so we are strategically installing solar trees, solar parking canopies and SolarZones across Northwest Florida. Each installation helps transform the host locations into a living classroom 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 streets, 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.
  • One 3.75-kilowatt solar tree is located at the Sharon J. Sheffield Park in Lynn Haven. 
  • One 3.75-kilowatt solar tree at Carpenter's Park in Milton.
  • One 3.75-kilowatt solar tree is located at the Washington County Courthouse in Chipley
    • This site also features an informational sign on the courthouse veranda that introduces Sunny the Solar Tree, an augmented reality experience that can be accessed via a QR code with a smartphone.
    • Through augmented reality and 3D imagery, visitors can learn about how solar energy is made and about solar’s role in generating clean energy to power homes, businesses and schools across Florida. You can even take a selfie with Sunny. 
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 tree at the Sharon J. Sheffield Park in Lynn Haven

FPL solar tree at the Sharon J. Sheffield Park in Lynn Haven.

Solar tree at the Washington County Courthouse in Chipley

FPL solar tree at the Washington County Courthouse in Chipley.

FPL solar tree at Carpenter’s Park in Milton.

FPL solar tree at Carpenter’s Park in Milton.

Solar Canopies

  • A 22-kilowatt solar canopy in the parking lot of the Corrine Jones Resource Centers at Sanders Beach in Pensacola provides shade for 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, solar canopies and SolarZones, as well as our large-scale solar energy centers 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-kilowatt SolarZone is located at the City of Pensacola’s Roger Scott Tennis Center.
  • One 1.8-kilowatt SolarZone is located at the Gulf Coast State College campus in Panama City.
  • One 1.8-kilowatt SolarZone is located in the Bay County Government Complex parking lot in Panama City. 
solar zone at the bay county complex

FPL solar zone at the Bay County Government Complex.

solar zone at the Gulf Coast State College campus

FPL solar zone at the Gulf Coast State College campus.

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