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FPL To Build 298 MW Of New Florida Solar In 2019

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US utility Florida Power & Light Company unveiled on Monday a plan to build four new solar plants in 2019 with a combined capacity of 298 MW.

All four plants, the Okeechobee, Hibiscus, Echo River and Southfork solar energy centres as they are called, will be located in four different counties in Florida. Each plant will have a capacity of 74.5 MW and together they will be capable of producing enough electricity to power about 60,000 households.

Commercial operations are expected to take place in early 2020, FPL said.

“These solar plants are part of our commitment to installing 30 million more solar panels by 2030 across more than 100 new solar sites, resulting in the creation of thousands of jobs here in our state," FPL president and CEO, Eric Silagy, said in the accompanying press release.

FPL said it currently operates 18 solar power plants, two that have energy storage included, and hundreds of smaller installations. The company’s total solar capacity reaches 1.25 GW.

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