According to Florida Today, Florida Power & Light Co. has again delayed construction of its new US$78.9 million Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center at Kennedy Space Center several months later than originally planned, in order to avoid conflict with NASA launches and to obtain necessary permits.
“We’re going to work around their launch schedule,” stated Sandy Sanderson, an FPL spokesperson. “It looks like the last third of May.”
FPL originally intended to begin construction of the solar power plant in late 2008, but announced in October that it would push back construction until today.
The Public Service Commission’s 2008 annual report claims that the plant will be completed in 2010 and will provide 10MW of solar energy, enough to power almost 1,100 homes.
Last May, FPL petitioned the Public Service Commission for approval for this and two other solar energy plants, totalling 110MW. The second is a US$173.5 million, 25MW plant in DeSoto Country, scheduled to be completed this year, and the third is a US$476.3 million, 75MW plant in Martin County, scheduled to be completed in 2010.
FPL’s customers will shoulder the burden of paying for these solar plants under a recent measure that enables power companies to pass on construction costs for up to 110MW of renewable energy to their customers.