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DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is a photovoltaic power station in Arcadia, DeSoto County, in the U.S. state of Florida, owned by Florida Power & Light (FPL).[1] President Barack Obama attended the plant's commissioning on October 27, 2009.[2] It has a nameplate capacity of 25 megawatts (MW),[3] and produces an estimated 42,000 megawatt hours (MW·h) of electricity per year (an average output of about 4.8 MW).[4][5]

DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center
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President Barack Obama talks at the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center
CountryUnited States
LocationArcadia, DeSoto County, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates27°19′N 81°48′W / 27.317°N 81.800°W / 27.317; -81.800Coordinates: 27°19′N 81°48′W / 27.317°N 81.800°W / 27.317; -81.800
StatusOperational
Commission dateOctober 27, 2009 (October 27, 2009)
Construction cost$150 million
Owner(s)Florida Power & Light
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site area235 acres (95 ha)
Power generation
Units operational90,000 SunPower solar panels
Nameplate capacity25 MW
Planned: 300 MW
Annual net output42 GWh
External links
Websitewww.fpl.com/environment/solar/desoto.shtml
CommonsRelated media on Commons

The plant cost $150 million to construct.[5] The plant consists of over 90,000 SunPower solar panels[3] with single-axis trackers on 235 acres (95 ha).[5]

FPL has to get a permit for construction of the second stage and had filed for the permit to build the third stage of the plant. At the second stage, 49 MW of capacity will be added. At the third stage, 226 MW of capacity is planned to be added bringing the total capacity of the plant up to 300 MW.[5]

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ProductionEdit

Generation (MW·h) of DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy[6]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2009 3,876 3,179 2,415 9,470
2010 3,526 3,038 4,399 5,062 5,307 5,485 4,680 4,682 4,927 4,755 3,849 3,631 53,341
2011 3,167 3,459 5,096 5,923 5,845 3,773 5,042 4,605 4,262 3,842 3,648 3,183 51,845
2012 3,707 3,179 5,239 5,321 5,549 4,364 5,314 4,667 4,156 3,955 3,502 3,095 52,048
2013 3,220 3,528 5,099 4,713 5,508 4,342 4,413 4,748 4,209 4,450 2,813 2,784 49,827
2014 2,888 3,463 4,453 1,702 5,585 4,905 4,870 4,944 3,798 4,600 3,263 2,950 47,421
2015 3,190 3,601 4,532 4,844 6,060 5,098 4,711 4,350 3,878 3,845 3,157 2,770 50,036
2016 2,758 3,465 4,207 4,555 5,536 4,356 5,082 4,241 4,213 4,031 3,413 2,793 48,650
Total 362,638

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ eXenewable Project Profile Page - DeSoto, PV, US
  2. ^ "President Obama joins FPL for commissioning of nation's largest solar PV power plant; announces $200 million in smart grid funding for FPL's 'Energy Smart Florida'". Florida Power & Light (FPL). October 27, 2009. Archived from the original on October 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  3. ^ a b "FPL Commissions DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center". LCG Consulting. October 28, 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  4. ^ "DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center FAQs". FPL. Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  5. ^ a b c d Neville, Angela (2010-12-01). "Top Plant: DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County, Florida". Power. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  6. ^ "DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy, Monthly". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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