Sunshine State Lives Up to Name with 25-Megawatt Solar Energy Farm

October 29, 2009

The spotlight turned on the Desoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia, Florida, on October 27 when the 25-megawatt (MW) solar power array came online during a visit by President Barack Obama. According to the project owner Florida Power & Light Company, this site about 30 miles northeast of Port Charlotte, is the second-largest photovoltaic (PV) facility in the U.S.

"This plant will produce enough power to serve the entire city of Arcadia,” the President said during his remarks at the ceremony. “Its construction was a boost to your local economy, creating nearly 400 jobs in this area. And over the next three decades, the clean energy from this plant will save 575,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent of removing more than 4,500 cars from the road each year for the life of the project."

The $150 million facility, was begun in 2008 and has 90,500 PV modules. It will generate enough power to supply about 3,000 homes. The company also has two other solar projects pending: a 75-megawatt solar thermal site in Martin County and a 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility on the Space Coast. See the President's remarks in a DOE press release and a Florida Power & Light October 27 press release.