We produced more solar energy in 2016 than any other company in the world.
We produce universal solar energy in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey and New Mexico, as well as in Canada.
In Florida, FPL now expects to add a total of nearly 2,100 MW of new solar in the next seven years – including eight new cost-competitive solar power plants by early 2018 with 2.5 million solar panels that could wrap around Florida's coastline more than two times.
In 2017-2018, NextEra Energy Resources expects to bring online an additional 400 to 1,300 MW of clean, emissions-free solar energy outside of Florida.
Source: GTM Utility PV Tracker as of 1/3/17 and SNL Database. For NextEra Energy: All projects contained in NEP are included at 100%. For Berkshire Hathaway: Includes MidAmerican Energy.
For nearly 30 years, NextEra Energy has pioneered universal solar.
- We invested in one of the world's largest plants (1989);
- In Florida, we built the largest U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at the time (2009);
- Also in Florida, we constructed the world's first innovative solar-gas hybrid power plant (2010); and
- And, last year, we added 1 million solar panels in Florida at three new sites (2016).
Spotlight: Our Own Solar Lab
Our NextEra Energy Next Generation Living Lab located at our headquarters in Juno Beach, Fla., consists of a rooftop solar array using different solar technologies and two solar-covered parking structures that provide 40 spaces of covered parking to employees with hybrid or electric vehicles. These solar labs enable our company to expand our solar power technology research to address three key challenges of the energy sector:
- Improving the economic viability of large-scale clean energy expansions;
- Increasing the output of next-generation renewable energy technologies; and
- Enhancing the efficiency and storage capabilities of the nation's electric grid.