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Solar Farms Will Provide Power For 110 Thousand Homes

July 15th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Three new solar farms were granted approval by state regulators today, including the largest of its kind in Desoto County. Florida Power and Light says it will spend 688 million dollars to create a 25 megawatt photovoltaic solar facility, another 10 megawatt plant at the Kennedy Space Center as well as convert an existing gas powered plant to run on steam generated from solar cells. All total, the plants will provide power for about 110 thousand homes. Public Service Commission Chairman Matt Carter told fellow commissioners the plants are a step in the right direction.

Were not just talking the talk, were walking the walk. 110 megawatts is nothing to sneeze at, PSC Chairman Matt Carter said. Its a tremendous beginning, as Commissioner Scop said, its very innovative. Youve gotta be innovative when youre doing new things and I think it shows that were doing more than just wringing our hands, saying theres a problem, the sky is falling. Its a very, very significant movement.

The plants should all be operational by the end of 2010, with the Desoto County facility expected to be generating electricity by the middle of 2009.

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