FPL to build its fourth solar center in S. Lucie County

Florida Power & Light Co. invited Indian River County officials to view a new solar energy center located in the western part of the county on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, and to install one of the panels. The Orange Blossom Solar Energy Center will be one of three solar sites in Indian River County and is expected to harvest enough solar energy to generate 74.5 megawatts of power, enough for 15,000 homes.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY— What once was a citrus grove in western St. Lucie County soon could become Florida Power & Light Co.’s fourth solar center here. 

FPL plans to build a 74.5 megawatt solar center on 483 acres 1 mile west of the Glades Cut-Off Road and Carlton Road intersection. 

The Sundew Solar Energy Center would create clean, renewable energy, using solar panels to convert sunlight into zero-emission electricity.

The sun’s energy would flow to a power inverter, be converted into electricity and be sent to FPL’s power grid through a transformer system. 

FPL anticipates it would install about 300,000 solar panels on site, according to spokesperson Alyssa Ten Eyck. 

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