Florida Power & Light Company has selected SunPower Corporation to build the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the United States at a location at DeSoto County, and a second plant at the Kennedy Space Center. The DeSoto County plant will have a 25MW capacity and is expected to be completed in 2009, while the 10MW plant is scheduled for completion in 2010.
SunPower will design and build the facilities using its SunPower panels at both sites and installing its SunPower Tracker system at the DeSoto plant. FPL will own, operate and maintain the systems, construction of which is subject to approval by the Florida Public Service Commission.
“These agreements confirm the growing trend in the U.S. to build solar power plants at a scale rivaling those in market-leading countries such as Germany and Spain,” said Howard Wenger, Senior Vice President of global business units for SunPower. “With these agreements totaling approximately 35 megawatts, we applaud Florida Power & Light’s commitment and leadership in renewable energy.”
By Síle Mc Mahon