FPL plans world’s biggest battery-storage solar system


The utility’s planned 409MW Manatee Energy Storage Centre will have a production capacity of 900MWh, and will be online in 2021.

Currently, the world’s largest facility is the 100MW/129MWh facility in Australia.  

Bloomberg New Energy Finance just recently announced that power from storage has reached a price-point where renewables projects are more cost-efficient replacements to fossil fuel plants.  

The plant will help accelerate the phasing out of two units of its gas-fired Manatee Clean Energy Center.

It will also be “planning smaller battery installations across the state, numerous solar power plants and efficiency upgrades to existing combustion turbines at other power plants to replace the 1,638 megawatts of generating capacity” of the two gas units.

FPL also intends closing its last operating coal plant by the end of 2019.

The utility currently operates four natural gas plants, generating over 70% of its resource mix, and one coal plant, scheduled to be retired by the end of 2020.

FPL has also announced its “30 by 30” plan in January, whereby it plans to build 30 million photovoltaic panels by 2030, as well as plans for a 1,490 MW community solar project, which would more than double the country’s current 1,387 MW of community solar.

Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL said “This is a monumental milestone in realizing the full benefits of solar power and yet another example of how FPL is working hard to position Florida as the global gold standard for clean energy,”

“Even as we aggressively execute on our plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, we never lose sight of finding innovative ways to bring our customers the benefits of solar energy, even when the sun’s not shining.