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FPL Energy Announces First Utility-Scale Solar Plant in the Sunshine State

Jan. 1, 2009
With Florida and the nation facing the twin challenges of climate change and energy security, FPL's new 75-megawatt Martin Next Generation Solar Energy

With Florida and the nation facing the twin challenges of climate change and energy security, FPL's new 75-megawatt Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center marks an important early step in Florida's quest to use more sun to power the Sunshine State. “Florida's future growth and economic strength depends on how we address climate change, and we know we can reduce greenhouse gases by using fewer fossil fuels and more natural energy sources like solar,” said Gov. Charlie Crist. “This solar facility is a significant step in that direction.”

As the first hybrid solar facility in the world to combine a solar-thermal field with a combined-cycle natural gas power plant, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center will use less fossil fuel when heat from the sun is available to help produce the steam needed to generate electricity. The solar facility will consist of approximately 180,000 mirrors over roughly 500 acres of land at the existing FPL Martin Plant location. It's expected to provide enough power to serve about 11,000 homes.

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