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Manatee Energy Storage Center, World’s Largest Solar-Powered Battery storage facility is 75% complete. In a press release from Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), the company said it has already installed around 100 of its 132 containers. The facility will be fully operational by the end of the year. Download (FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center Fact Sheet)
The system will have a capacity of 409-MW with the ability to deliver 900 MWh of energy. The battery system will be equivalent to 100 million iPhone batteries. The energy generated will be enough to power 329,000 homes for more than two hours.
According to FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy, “With one milestone after another, FPL is following through on its steadfast commitment to make Florida a leader in sustainability and resiliency as we consistently deliver America’s best energy value – electricity that’s not just clean and reliable, but also affordable.”
He further said the battery will replace FPL’s coal plants. The company has already started dismantling its last coal plant in Florida as it surpassed 40%. It has a 30 by 30 plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030.
The world’s largest solar-powered battery will soon serve customers. After this, the company plans to focus on an innovative green hydrogen pilot project. This might unlock the potential for a 100% carbon-free energy future.
According to FPL, the energy storage containers will be organized across a 40-acre plot of land (the equivalent of 30 football fields). The battery will have a lifespan of 40 years. These will make it possible to store energy that can be used even when the sun is not shining. The project will not only benefit the customer financially but will also bring along with it environmental gains too.
According to FPL Vice President of Development Matt Valle, “With more than 12 million solar panels installed and more than 40 solar energy centers in operation, FPL is building on its rapid solar expansion with the world’s largest solar-powered battery.”
He further added, “But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. FPL is implementing innovative battery storage projects across the state, transforming Florida’s transportation landscape with more than 1,000 EV chargers and partnering with universities and municipalities on battery systems that leverage cutting-edge microgrid technology.”