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FPL turning Florida rays into power

Posted: 7:42 PM, Jan 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-17 19:42:43-05

JUPITER, Fla. — In just about a month, a large solar farm in St Lucie County will begin producing electricity and bring FPL one step closer to a new goal of having 30 million solar panels online by 2030.

"This site her is comprised of roughly 330 thousand solar panels and will generate 74 and a half mega watts of clean emissions energy that's enough power to power 15 thousand homes," says FPL spokesman Stephen Heiman.

The St Lucie site, on a former citrus farm, is one of four solar farms coming online this year for the utility.

As costs come down for solar and technology improves, solar is becoming more cost-effective.

"As more solar comes on and comes into play it leads to a direct decrease in our fuel costs so we can operate and generate electricity without having a fuel source,” Heiman says.

FPL still operates traditional power plants around the state including nuclear plants in Miami and St Lucie.