Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation’s cleanest electric power companies, today announced a plan to build the world’s largest solar-powered battery system – four times the capacity of the battery system largest in operation – as part of an innovative modernization plan that will accelerate the removal of two traditional fossil fuel generation units.
The future Manatee Energy Storage Center of FPL will have 409 megawatts of capacity, the equivalent of approximately 100 million batteries of iPhone phones, when it starts operating by the end of 2021, and will be supplied by an existing FPL solar energy plant in the county of Manatee. By generating battery power during periods of increased electricity demand, FPL will offset the need to activate other power plants – which will reduce emissions even more and save our customers money by avoiding fuel costs.
“This is a monumental event to maximize the potential of solar energy, and is another example of the way FPL works hard to position Florida as the gold standard for clean energy,” said Eric Silagy, president and executive director of FPL. “Although we vigorously dedicate ourselves to executing our plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, we never lose sight of our commitment to find innovative ways and share with our customers the benefits of solar energy, even when the sun does not shine. The replacement of a traditional fossil fuel plant with a mega-battery located next to a solar power installation is another achievement that is a world first and, although I am very pleased that this is the case,
The Manatee Energy Storage Center of FPL is part of an innovative modernization plan aimed at accelerating the removal of two natural gas generation units from the 1970s from the adjacent FPL power plant, and replacing them with clean energy and renewable In addition to the energy storage system in Manatee County, FPL is planning to install smaller battery systems in other parts of the state, as well as build numerous solar power plants and upgrade existing combustion turbines in other facilities to replace the generation capacity of 1,638 megawatts. This project will save our customers more than $ 100 million and eliminate more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
“FPL is a pioneer in a clean energy revolution for our state, which is already paying off for our community,” said Stephen Jonsson, chairman of the board of Manatee County Commissioners. “It seems like yesterday that FPL started this massive expansion of solar energy in 2016 by opening a solar power plant in Parrish. Let’s move forward a few years, and our city’s solar power plant is about to start supplying electricity to the world’s largest solar-powered battery system. This modernization plan is a truly incredible achievement and consistent with our commitment as leaders to maintain sustainability at the forefront of all the projects that take place in Manatee County.
An innovative approach to modernizing electricity
For almost two decades, FPL has methodically modernized its power generation fleet and transformed it into one of the cleanest and most efficient in the country, saving our customers almost $ 10,000 million and eliminating more than 130 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 2001. As part of the modernization program, FPL has systematically replaced traditional fuel plants with highly efficient energy centers that run on natural gas produced in the United States.
Now, as the price of the battery and solar technology continue to decline and FPL has managed to optimize the technology to offer the best service to our customers, the company is adopting an innovative approach to modernize its fleet and bring down two units of natural gas. that have drawn the Parrish skyline for almost 50 years.
“Manatee County is always willing to work with FPL,” said Priscilla Trace, Commissioner of Manatee County. “Being someone who works right in front of the plant, I can affirm that FPL is a good neighbor, and the continued success of this company and its plan to modernize its facilities is a positive thing for the Parrish community.”
“We are reinventing the way we generate, store, transport and use energy. New technology, such as large-scale battery storage, is a critical step on the way to a cleaner, more economical and more efficient energy future. Achieving this goal is essential for the well-being of our economy, our communities and our planet, “said Temperince Morgan, executive director of The Nature Conservancy, Florida division.
FPL is determined to eliminate its last coal plant in Florida by the end of this year. The company also recalled two coal plants in Jacksonville in 2016 and 2018, respectively, altogether avoiding nearly seven million tons of annual carbon emissions and, at the same time, saving customers tens of millions of dollars in costs in fuel and operating costs.
Extending the useful life of solar energy
The future Manatee Energy Storage Center of FPL is the latest chapter in the development of the company’s battery storage technology. For many years, FPL and its associated companies have researched battery storage technology to study a variety of potential benefits, from reliability and stabilization of the electricity grid to better integration with solar energy. In 2018, FPL opened the largest combined solar power and storage facility in Babcock Ranch, in Charlotte County, which offers unique advantages due to its ability to take advantage of the extra energy produced by solar power plants when the intensity of the The sun’s rays are at their peak.
Turning Florida into a world leader in solar energy
FPL’s investments in battery storage technology are directly complemented by the company’s expansion of solar energy – which has already become one of the largest in the country. With 18 solar power plants currently in operation, and four more under construction, FPL is Florida’s largest solar energy producer. In January, the company announced its innovative “30 to 30” plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, which will make Florida a world leader in solar energy production. Then, in March, the company launched the FPL SolarTogether SM program, the main community solar energy program in the country, which will allow our customers to take advantage of the sun’s energy as never before, in addition to reducing tariffs and long-term electricity bills.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the leading electric power company in the United States, measured in terms of retail energy produced and marketed, providing service to more than 5 million customer accounts, or an estimate of more than 10 million people in the state of Florida. The typical residential customer account of 1,000 kWh of FPL is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average, and is among the lowest in the US. UU The reliability of the FPL service is greater than 99.98 percent, and its fleet of highly efficient fuel-efficient power plants is one of the cleanest among all electric power companies in the country. The company was recognized in 2018 by Market Strategies International as one of the most reliable electricity companies in the USA. for the fifth consecutive year. As a leading employer in Florida with approximately 9,100 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), with headquarters in Juno Beach, Florida, and is a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in regarding sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 among the electricity and gas companies in the Fortune 2019 list of the “Most Admired Companies in the World”. NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 460,000 customers in eight counties of Northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the largest generator in the world. of wind and solar renewable energy in the world, and a world leader in battery storage.www.NextEraEnergy.com , www.FPL.com , www.GulfPower.com , www.NextEraEnergyResources.com .