FPL commissions latest solar site, completes 2023 planned construction
The latest: Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) commissioned its latest solar energy center, FPL Etonia Creek, in Putnam County, completing the company’s planned solar construction for the year.
2023 Milestone: In 2023, FPL commissioned 16 solar energy centers across the state, capable of generating enough energy to power approximately 240,000 homes combined. The company now has 66 solar sites in operation statewide. The new sites are:
- FPL Saw Palmetto Solar Energy Center – Bay County
- FPL Chipola River Solar Energy Center – Calhoun County
- FPL Flowers Creek Solar Energy Center – Calhoun County
- FPL Shirer Branch Solar Energy Center – Calhoun County
- FPL Anhinga Solar Energy Center – Clay County
- FPL First City Solar Energy Center – Escambia County
- FPL Wild Azalea Solar Energy Center – Gadsden County
- FPL Apalachee Solar Energy Center – Jackson County
- FPL Everglades Solar Energy Center – Miami-Dade County
- FPL Cavendish Solar Energy Center – Okeechobee County
- FPL Etonia Creek Solar Energy Center – Putnam County
- FPL Blackwater River Solar Energy Center – Santa Rosa County
- FPL Bluefield Preserve Solar Energy Center – St. Lucie County
- FPL Pink Trail Solar Energy Center – St. Lucie County
- FPL Chautauqua Solar Energy Center – Walton County
- FPL Cypress Pond Solar Energy Center – Washington County
Customer benefit: Solar energy is the most cost-effective source of power generation FPL can invest in today, and these solar sites provide low-cost, reliable energy to FPL customers throughout the state.
- Solar energy requires no fuel to operate, which can help stabilize customer bills by removing fuel costs.
Community benefits: Each of the sites provides numerous benefits to the counties they operate in and the surrounding community, including:
- Hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual tax revenue, funds that can be used to enhance schools, infrastructure and emergency services
- Protection against urban sprawl
- No impact on public services
- No need for fuel
- Increased biodiversity and habitats for native wildlife
Introducing FPL SolarTogether®: Of the 16 new sites, six of them are community solar sites that support the FPL SolarTogether® program, which provides voluntary subscribers the ability to lower their electric bills with credits that increase over time.
- How it works: FPL SolarTogether® participants receive monthly bill credits for their share of solar energy produced by the company’s community solar sites.
- Customer credits grow over time to exceed the program cost and can help reduce their bills.
- All eligible FPL customers can participate regardless of whether they rent or own their home, apartment, condo or business.
- FPL now has 26 solar energy centers across the state that support the program.
- Customers can visit FPL.com/SolarTogether for more information.
A word from FPL Vice President of Universal Solar Brandon Stankiewicz: “We are incredibly proud to continue to bring the great benefits of solar energy to our customers throughout the state. As we bring more solar sites online, we’re working to remove fuel costs from our customers' bills while continuing to provide the reliable energy our customers expect. With the expansion of FPL SolarTogether®, our customers can also experience the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy while helping reduce their bills over time. We’re thankful for the partnerships we’ve developed with communities and counties throughout the state and will continue to invest in innovative technology that benefits our customers and neighbors.”
About FPL As America’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company serves more customers and sells more power than any other utility, providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity to approximately 5.8 million accounts, or more than 12 million people. FPL operates one of the most fuel efficient and cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S and in 2022 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Award for the seventh time in the last eight years. The company was also recognized by Escalent in 2022 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities for the ninth consecutive year.