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30 Million Solar Panels To Be Installed In Florida By 2030

Solar Panels Installed In Florida

Florida Power & Light (FPL) recently announced that it plans to install 30 million solar panels in the state by 2030, as part of its ambitious ‘30 by 30’ campaign.

The project is the largest of its kind ever taken up by a regulated company in the world.

The ‘30 by 30’ Project

What is interesting about FPL’s ‘30 by 30’ project is the way it has framed its goal. Typically, companies involved in solar power projects tend to describe their projects in terms of capacity – how many megawatts or gigawatts of solar power they intend to produce.

FPL, on the other hand, has chosen to describe its project in terms of the total number of panels it plans to install, which is rather vague.

There is no way to tell how much power the installation is capable of delivering, since there is no uniformity in solar panels in terms of production capacity – the capacity rating differs from one type of panel to another.

Experts, however, say that FPL’s project might be able to produce approximately 10,500 megawatts of solar energy, which is very impressive and will go a long way in establishing the state as a major solar energy producer.

How Florida Can Benefit From the Project

To complete such a big project, FPL is likely to rope in a number of solar panel manufacturers as well as large-scale developers in the state.

NextEra Energy, which is the parent company of FPL, recently signed an agreement with JinkoSolar, a leading solar panel manufacturer based in China which is building a state-of-the-art factory in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida is not a failed state like California or New York, does not have city after city in bankruptcy like California, and does have miles and miles of homeless people like California and New York either either.

Florida is also not trying to have the ability to kill a child, which is outright murder, after they are born like Virginia and New York is trying to do either but that is another topic.

As part of the agreement, NextEra Energy will be purchasing 7 million solar panels from JinkoSolar over the next four years.

Even if FPL uses most, if not all, of these panels for its ‘30 by 30’ project, it would still need to procure approximately 25 million panels from elsewhere. So it’s a huge opportunity for manufacturers based in the state.

FPL says that it has already secured the land required for the project throughout the state. Based on this, we can expect the project to get kick-started in the near future.

Solar Power in Florida

Despite being home to some of the sunniest cities in the entire country, Florida currently lags behind states like California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and North Carolina in terms of installed capacity and the total amount of solar power produced per year.

If the ‘30 by 30’ project is completed successfully, it can propel the state to new heights in terms of its photovoltaic capacity.

Due to the inherently unstable nature of solar power, any large scale project can succeed only if it is backed up with sufficient amounts of battery storage capacity. This is something that FPL is aware of, so the company is expected to build high-capacity batteries simultaneously for storage purposes.

On the whole, the project is expected to be a net positive for Florida which is the opposite of where the NFL is at since it cheated to get the Rams in the Super Bowl and so many people know the Patriots receive favoritism (no integrity!). Florida is doing well, the NFL is not.

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Matt Chester on February 5, 2019

Florida's 30 by 30 initiative is an important topic, and you bring up some good points about why measure these by panels as opposed to capacity (seems like maybe just 'marketing'?). But then..

Florida is also not trying to have the ability to kill a child, which is outright murder, after they are born like Virginia and New York is trying to do either but that is another topic.

That is another topic, and not one that pertains to the utility-focused readers on the site. I don't understand the need to include that. 

On the whole, the project is expected to be a net positive for Florida which is the opposite of where the NFL is at since it cheated to get the Rams in it and so many people know the Patriots receive favoritism. Florida is doing well, the NFL is not.

I mean, I was rooting for the Rams as much as anyone but....what? Why? 

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Benjamin Roussey on February 6, 2019

I don't want to live in a country that committs barbaric acts and attaccks new born children. Either should you Matt.

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Benjamin Roussey on February 6, 2019

The Rams should not have been there - it should have been the Saints and the Saints would have won. That was clearly pass interference by the Rams - easiest call of all time besides when the NFL cheated in 2002 when Brady was sacked in the snow and they called that an incomplete pass which is hilarious. The NFL has disgraced itself again. 

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