Florida utility Florida Power & Light broke ground yesterday on a 75-megawatt solar thermal facility. The facility is combined with a natural gas plant so that when the sun goes down, natural gas powers the turbines. This solar-natural gas hybrid is the first of its kind.
The plant will consist of 180,000 mirrors spanning 500 acres just north of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic coast and is scheduled to turn on in 2010. The facility is the first of three solar plants planned for the state, which will put Florida in second place behind California in solar energy production.
Of course any large-scale project on Florida's coast has to be built with hurricanes in mind. The facility will reportedly be able to withstand hurricane-force winds.
The utility said that this plant is being built in anticipation of a statewide requirement to increase renewable energy production, as well as a nationwide requirement that might come from the new administration. A recent report showed that Florida had limited potential for wind power, so it's safe to say that they're putting their effort in the right direction.
via Green Inc.
Image via Florida Power & Light
written by Mike Hallett, December 12, 2008
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