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Report: Florida Power & Light plans Miami solar project

Florida Power & Light Co. is planning to switch on a new battery storage project that will take up a full block of real estate in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, according to a report in the Miami Herald.

The 33-foot-high facility will store solar-generated power, according to the report. The facility will be able to "power several buildings for hours," Matt Valle, vice president for development at FPL, told the newspaper in a Jan. 15 article.

The battery storage project is expected to go online in February, part of FPL's "30-by-30" plan to install upwards of 30 million solar panels by 2030. The NextEra Energy subsidiary plans to own and operate more solar generation than any other utility by that date, according to remarks by NextEra Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO Rebecca Kujawa on an April 2019 earnings call.

In its most recent 10-year site plan filed with Florida regulators, submitted in April 2019, FPL said the 10-MW Wynwood project "is designed to examine the use of batteries to support the distribution system with a focus on addressing grid, system and customer challenges." It is the largest of three battery storage pilot projects the utility is testing. A settlement agreement gave FPL 50 MW of storage capacity to evaluate.

Among FPL's other projects under development is what the company said when it announced it in March 2019 is the world's largest solar-backed battery system, the 409-MW Manatee Energy Storage Center, which is adjacent to the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center (Parrish Facility) in Manatee County, Fla. It is due to be in operation in late 2021.

Representatives of FPL did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Jan. 16.