Solar park aerial view. Image: Jenson Shutterstock
Florida Power & Light Company presents a project to build a 409 MW battery system. It will be 4 times larger than any existing similar plant.
In 2021 the FPL photovoltaic storage system will replace two natural gas units.
Once again, the United States is the land of records in electrical energy storage.
One of the largest utilities in the United States, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), has announced these days the largest photovoltaic storage project in the world. In order to reduce the contribution of fossils to energy supply, the company will build a giant lithium-ion battery system with 409 MW of power, four times the size of similar utility-scale plants in operation. today.
The plant will be located near the Parrish solar park in Manate County and, when fully operational, will be able to distribute 900 MWh of electricity to replace two old thermoelectric units powered by natural gas.
Batteries in solar park. Image: Dorothy Chiron Shutterstock
It is expected to come online in 2021, helping the energy company cover peak demand periods. The goal, FPL explains, is to provide reliable power to 329,000 homes and save FPL customers more than $100 million.
“ A milestone in the development of the benefits of solar power ,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company, “ and provides an example of how the company is working to make Florida a global standard for clean energy “.
The company currently has 18 solar power plants in operation and four more under construction, but it is not new to the world of solar storage either.
Back in 2018, he opened a battery-powered power plant at Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County and is now planning small installations throughout the state.
As we continue with our ambitious plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, we never lose sight of finding innovative ways to bring the benefits of solar power to our customers, even when the sun is not shining. The replacement of a large fossil fuel plant with a mega battery connected to a solar park is another global achievement.
Eric Silagy, President and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company.
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