Florida Power & Light to Flip Switch on Solar PV Plant

7 October 2009 (Last Updated October 7th, 2009 18:30)

US energy company Florida Power & Light (FPL) will begin delivering electricity later this month from the 25MW DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Florida, US. The DeSoto centre uses more than 90,000 SunPower high-efficiency crystalline-silicon PV panels mounted on tracki

US energy company Florida Power & Light (FPL) will begin delivering electricity later this month from the 25MW DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Florida, US.

The DeSoto centre uses more than 90,000 SunPower high-efficiency crystalline-silicon PV panels mounted on tracking systems.

The plant will be capable of generating approximately 42,000MWhr of electricity annually.

When activated, the solar power plant will become the largest photovoltaic installation in North America.

The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is one of three new commercial-scale solar power plants that FPL is building in Florida.

A 75MW solar thermal plant is being built in Martin County, while a 10MW PV-based facility is under construction at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The combined total of the three plants - 110MW - will make Florida the second-largest solar power-producing state in the US, according to the company.