Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hybrid Solar Energy Center Opens in Florida

INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- Florida Power and Light Co. has its first hybrid solar energy center.

Gov. Rick Scott will attend Saturday's dedication in Indiantown - about 30 miles north of West Palm Beach.

FPL's Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is a 75-megawatt solar thermal array that connects to an existing high-efficiency natural gas plant.

The company says the facility began offsetting fossil fuel consumption last year by harnessing the sun's rays to create electricity, helping diversify Florida's energy supply, lessening emissions and reducing FPL customers' fuel costs.

The project created 1,000 jobs.

FPL serves South Florida and most of the state's east coast.


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