(Bloomberg) — NextEra Energy Inc.’s Florida Power & Light
Co. is planning to build three solar plants to triple its
photovoltaic capacity by the end of 2016.
The utility is adding more than 1 million panels to
increase output capacity to about 335 megawatts from 110
megawatts, according to a statement from Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra on Monday.
Florida Power & Light “is optimistic that it could
potentially add even more solar energy generation to complement
its natural gas and nuclear resources while continuing to meet
the electricity needs of Florida’s growing economy and
population,” NextEra said.
The utility serves more than 4.7 million customers and
anticipates having more than 5 million by 2019. In addition to
more solar power, Florida Power & Light, which last year retired
two fossil-fuel plants, intends to add more capacity from high-efficiency natural gas facilities. It plans to issue requests
for proposals for those projects this quarter.
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