A lot of experts believe that the future of the consumer power in the US is solar energy.
Solar energy plans of the largest electric utility of Florida are intended to double in the coming year. Some leading proponents in solar power not only praised the announcement, but also said they would like to see some more of these developments.
This was after a month of outlining some plans of building about four solar plants in this year. On Monday, the Florida Power and Light said that they would put up eight more of such facilities by 2018.
According to the company, these plants would generate about 600 Megawatts, which is enough to power more than 120,000 homes during peak of its production, saving customers millions in the power center’s lifetime.
The CEO and President of FPL, Eric Silagy, said that they had planned to increase their production of solar energy according to a settlement agreement they had with their customers, including $811 million increases in base rate. The company is advancing their plans to make new facilities more cost-effective.
This announcement came when FPL official were to commission the Manatee Solar Energy Center in Manatee County, which was one of the centers that came into being since December 31. The others are Charlotte County’s Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center and DeSoto County’s Citrus Solar Energy Center.
FPL also announced on January 13 that four new solar centers capable of generating 74.5 MW would be built in DeSoto, Putnam, and Alachua counties.
As the permitting becomes final, the additional four plant sites would be announced. It is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
According to FPL estimation, each plant requires 200 to 250 workforces to build.
These new plants, which are opening by 2018, will boost the solar capacity of the company by 1000 MW for FPL.
Silagy stated that although natural gas would still produce a majority of the company’s electricity, they want to expand to solar to diversify their fuel sources.
The Solar Energy Industries Association based in Washington DC, a national group of trade, ranked Sunshine State the third among the entire US for the potential of implementing rooftop solar energy in September, and it also ranked 14th in their cumulative solar capacity due to solar policies.
FPL ended up spending millions of dollars last year for a constitutional amendment for solar power, which embroiled the company in controversy.
The amendment would soften the rules regarding solar energy usage by private property owners. Opponents due to whom the amendment was rejected argued that this would result in some discriminatory charges against solar users using solar, limiting desire of people about going solar.