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Florida's Largest Solar Array

In Sarasota County on what used to be a landfill, Florida Solar Power and Light switched on its newest and Florida's largest array of solar panels.

According to the FP & L press release, this solar array is the second-largest in the southeast with 1,200 solar photovoltaic panels covering more than 28,000 square feet (about half the size of a football field. The solar panels will produce 250 kilowatts of clean energy, enough to power 55 homes, reducing carbon emissions by 654,000 pounds per year.

Sarasota County and New College are also organizing "Get EmPowered 2008" on February 22nd at New College to discuss ways to achieve Governor Crist's executive orders to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency, while creating and/or expanding commercial green energy technologies.

Conference organizers have agreed to offset greenhouse gas emissions from travel, building energy use and food through donations of Renewable Energy Credits from FP & L's Sunshine Energy Program to development of the Rothenback Park's future walking and bike trails, nature center, picnic facility, and playground. Rothenback Park is the location of the solar array, as well as a chemical collection center, animal shelter and site of the County's Public Works facility.

photo from FPL

Read also Susan Chandler's letter to the editor of the Treasure Coast Palm regarding the lack of need for FP&L to receive public subsidies for its solar investments.


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