Florida Power & Light opens hybrid concentrated solar thermal/natural gas power plant

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Commemorating the opening of what has been deemed the world’s first hybrid solar power plant, Florida Power & Light was joined by state senators, public officials, business leaders and Florida’s Governor Rick Scott on the site of their 500-acre Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Martin County, Florida.

The CSP plant sports over 190,000 solar thermal mirrors and a combined-cycle natural gas power plant. Together, the two power sources of the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center produce 75MW of energy. Construction on the solar energy center took two years and was officially brought on-line last November.

“From job creation to cleaner air to energy security, this project demonstrates the many benefits of investing in large-scale renewable energy, especially in Florida,” said FPL President and CEO Armando J. Olivera.

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