Florida Power & Light (FPL), the largest electric utility in Florida, joined up with officials from NASA today to commission a new solar photovoltaic power facility capable of producing “an estimated 10 megawatts of clean, emissions-free power, which is enough energy to serve approximately 1,100 homes.” What is particularly noteworthy about the new Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center is that it is located on on NASA property at Kennedy Space Center as the result of a “a unique public-private partnership.”
The Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center should, over the course of its lifetime, save approximately 122,000 barrels of oil and 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas as well as reducing CO2 emissions each year equal to that of 1,800 cars. The facility features approximately 35,000 special solar PV panels from SunPower and is said to be able to generate 50 percent more power than a comparably sized project using conventional solar panels. The panels are spread across 60 acres.
“Like NASA, FPL is looking beyond the horizon. FPL’s Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center is an important part of our state’s clean-energy future, but large-scale solar projects like this one also have a very positive impact on the economy today,” said FPL President and CEO Armando J. Olivera, in a statement.