Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Sunshine State: Keep Shining!


Just saw this at the NY Times blog:

"The Sunshine state is starting to live up to its name on the energy front. Today Florida Power & Light, the state’s biggest utility, broke ground on what it says will be the first utility-scale solar investment in the state — and the second-largest of its kind in the country when it is fully turned on in 2010....

This solar thermal plant, which is located on the Atlantic coast just north of Palm Beach County, will consist of 180,000 mirrors, spread over 500 acres. It also matches solar power with an existing combined-cycle natural gas plant, so that when the sun is not shining, the natural gas can take over the work of powering the turbines....

The plant is the first of three solar facilities that F.P.L. is constructing in Florida, which the utility says will make the state the second-largest solar energy producer in the country. California is currently the largest."

Yay for progress!

Thanks to Florida Power and Light for the image and the NY Times for letting us know!


1 comment:

spoon said...

How did I miss this? Yay Florida!