Last week I was invited to attend a celebration of the new FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, the largest solar power installation ever to be built (featuring over 300,000 solar panels) in South Florida.
Inspired by the solar center’s location within Miami-Dade County’s farming community, the event featured a farmer’s market complete with local vendors. So, I made my rounds and picked up a few goodies for the family to enjoy.
They even had sheep there and I couldn’t resist holding the baby lamb.
Of course, I made it a point to take a picture with the solar panels.
Fun Fact: These 300,000 solar panels can power 15,000 homes.
The Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was in attendance along with Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, and other partners.
I understand the importance of clean reusable energy and appreciate that FPL is hard at work trying to make that happen. I had no idea they had already done so much and given all that they have planned for the future, I am excited to see it all unfold.
More about the FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center…
- Situated on 465 acres, this location was also made to be useful for wildlife and nature with the use of specific plants. They referred to it as a solar sanctuary.
Fun Fact: Florida’s energy profile is 30 % cleaner than the national average.
- This solar energy center can produce 75 megawatts of electricity (75,000 kilowatts) which is the equivalent of taking 12,000 cars off the road.
Fun Fact: FPL built their first solar facility in 1984. It only produced 10 kilowatts but it was considered cutting edge at the time.
- Because there is always new technology in the works, they made it so that when they are done with it, there is no damage to the land.
Fun Fact: It is expected that 6 million people will move to Florida within the next 5 years
FPL is leading the way in renewable energy. In fact, they recently announced their plan to bring 30 million solar panels to Florida by 2030.
Fun Fact: Laid end-to-end, 30 million solar panels would wrap around the Earth one and a half times.
FPL now has a total of 18 universal solar power plants, producing clean reusable energy, in operation across the state. Making that over 1 million solar panels throughout the state of Florida.
Want to know more? Be sure to check out their website for more information.