DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

President Barack Obama talks at the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center
DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is located in Florida
Location of DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center
Country United States
Location Arcadia, DeSoto County, Florida
Coordinates 27°19′N 81°48′W / 27.317°N 81.8°W / 27.317; -81.8Coordinates: 27°19′N 81°48′W / 27.317°N 81.8°W / 27.317; -81.8
Status Operational
Commission date October 27, 2009 (October 27, 2009)
Construction cost $150 million
Owner(s) Florida Power & Light
Solar farm information
Type Flat-panel PV
Photovoltaic modules 90,000 SunPower solar panels
Land area 235 acres (95 ha)
Power generation information
Installed capacity 25 MW
Maximum capacity 300 MW
Annual generation 42 GW·h
As of 18 December 2010

The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is a photovoltaic solar power facility in Arcadia, DeSoto County, 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]

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 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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