Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) reached a milestone in exceeding its 30 by 30 plan to install 30 million solar panels by 40% by 2030, and FPL has installed more than 12 million solar panels in Florida well on the way to realize his plan.
The solar modules installed at the company's sites are expected to save customers around $ 421 million over the life of the systems and make Florida the third largest country in solar power generation – with the goal of being the world leader in solar capacity by the end of the decade.
“Achieving this milestone is an important step in our commitment to more zero-emission energy as FPL builds a more resilient and sustainable energy future that we can all rely on, including future generations,” said Eric Silagy, President and CEO of FPL. “Despite the pandemic, our team has remained focused on implementing our 30 by 30 plan. Eight new solar energy centers started providing customers with clean energy this year, and three more are slated to go online this year.
By the end of this month, the company will have installed 42 major solar energy centers across Florida with more than 3,000 MW of solar capacity – more than any other utility company in the U.S. Almost every solar energy center commissioned this year will also support FPL SolarTogether – the most popular The company's municipal solar program, which is the largest in the country. FPL expects to hit another major milestone by early 2022, when it is expected to have more than 15 million panels installed, which would bring the company more than 50% of the way to achieving its goal.
FPL plans to have 11,700 MW of universal solar capacity by the end of 2030. To support its solar expansion, the company recently started installing the first components of the world's largest integrated solar-powered battery system, the 400 MW FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center. The company will also demolish its last coal-fired power plant in Florida later this month and plan to replace it with cleaner, zero-emission solar power plants.
Further information on FPL's solar energy expansion can be found here.