Black & Veatch, Blattner Energy to build eight new FPL solar plants

FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County is one of three solar power plants FPL completed in 2016. Provided.

Florida Power & Light Company said Wednesday that it has selected Blattner Energy and Black & Veatch – two of the nation’s premiere providers of renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction  services – to build its new universal solar projects.

Blattner Energy, headquartered in Avon, Minn.,  will be the contractor for four 74.5-megawatt solar power plants targeted for Dec. 31, 2017, completion: FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County; FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam Counties; FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County; and FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County.

Overland Park, Kan.-based Black & Veatch will be the  contractor for four 74.5  solar power plants targeted for March 1, 2018, completion: FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County; FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County; FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County; and FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County. Construction on these sites will be performed by Overland Contracting Inc., a Black & Veatch company.

Construction on the projects estimated to cost $900 million  is expected to begin this spring. At the height of construction, each of the sites is expected to employ about 200 people, for a total of approximately 1,600 jobs.

When completed, the new plants combined are expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 120,000 homes and prevent an average of more than 525,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. This level of greenhouse gas reduction is equivalent to the emissions from more than 100,000 vehicles or the carbon sequestered by more than 450,000 acres of forest, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

FPL already operates more than 335 megawatts of solar energy facilities.

 

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