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FPL breaks ground on 10 solar projects across Florida

Florida Power & Light Co. started work on 10 additional solar projects with a combined capacity of 745 MW in Florida.

The NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary began construction on the FPL Babcock Preserve Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County, the FPL Blue Heron Solar Energy Center in Hendry County, the FPL Cattle Ranch Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County, the FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center in Suwannee County and the FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center in Palm Beach County.

Construction also started on the FPL Northern Preserve Solar Energy Center in Baker County, the FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center in Okeechobee County, the FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center in Manatee County, the FPL Sweetbay Solar Energy Center in Martin County and the FPL Twin Lakes Solar Energy Center in Putnam County.

Each of the new facilities will have a capacity of 74.5 MW. The projects are scheduled to enter operations by early 2020. FPL operates 1,250 MW of solar capacity across 18 existing solar projects and other smaller installations.

"This year alone we're building enough solar to increase our solar capacity by 60% and we are just getting started as we count down to the installation of 30 million panels by 2030," FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said in a May 23 news release.