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article imageFlorida's Manatee Energy Storage Center to be world's largest

By Karen Graham     Apr 1, 2019 in Environment
Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) announced plans to build the world’s largest solar-powered battery system, which will have four times the capacity of the largest battery system in operation.
FPL, the utility owned by NextEra Energy, plans to build a 409-megawatt energy storage project - the equivalent of approximately 100 million iPhone batteries. The future FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center should be operational in late 2021.
Wood Mackenzie senior storage analyst Dan Finn-Foley said the project is the largest to be unveiled in the U.S. to date and will be four times the size of the world's largest on a megawatt basis, according to Green Tech Media.
Manatee will be able to distribute 900 megawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power 329,000 homes for 2 hours, and will be charged using an existing FPL solar power plant in Manatee County. By using stored energy when there is a higher demand for power, this will reduce the demand for running other power plants, thus reducing emissions even further.
FPL recently announced a groundbreaking ’30-by-30’ plan to install 30 million solar panels by 20...
FPL recently announced a groundbreaking ’30-by-30’ plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, making Florida a world leader in solar energy.
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“Replacing a large, aging fossil fuel plant with a mega battery that’s adjacent to a large solar plant is another world-first accomplishment and while I’m very pleased with that fact, what I’m most proud of is that our team remained committed to developing this clean energy breakthrough while saving customers money and keeping their bills among the lowest in the nation,” Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, said.
Silagy is referring to two aging natural gas-fired power plants, built in the 1970s. Besides the Manatee storage center, FPL is also planning on installing a number of smaller battery units across the state, as well as more solar power plants. The project will save customers more than $100 million and eliminate more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
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