Brevard County, Fla., August 23, 2010 – Florida Power and Light Co. changed the Space Coast skyline by demolishing the most visible structures at its 42-acre, 45-year-old Cape Canaveral Power Plant, as it prepares to build the Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center, which will open in 2013.
FPL‘s Next Generation Clean Energy Center will use about 33 percent less fuel per megawatt of power generated with advanced combined-cycle, natural gas technology capable of producing 1,250 MW of electricity, or enough to power 250,000 homes and businesses.
Three sleeker stacks, half as high as those taken down, will emit 88 percent fewer air particulates and 50 percent less carbon dioxide without any additional water or land use.
In addition, the site is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and to feature rooftop solar panels and an electric car recharging station.
“For 45 years, FPL’s Cape Canaveral plant delivered reliable, affordable electricity to Space Coast customers, but with today’s technology, we can do even better. Our Next Generation Clean Energy Center will benefit FPL customers for decades to come with improvements in efficiency, environmental performance and reliability,” said FPL President and CEO Armando J. Olivera. “Compared with keeping the existing facility in the fleet, FPL estimates that this new unit will save customers hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the plant.”
The Next Generation Clean Energy Center is expected to generate an additional $12 million in tax revenue in its first full year of operation: $5.3 million for Brevard County schools, $4.8 million for Brevard County; and $1.6 million for other taxing authorities.
The plant will create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs during the construction period.
The Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center is another step FPL has taken on the Space Coast to provide cleaner energy to its customers.
In April, FPL commissioned its Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center located on NASA property at Kennedy Space Center. The center is estimated to annually produce 10 MW of clean, emissions-free power, which is enough energy to serve about 1,100 homes.
FPL’s Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the second large-scale solar facility that FPL has completed in Florida.
The first, FPL’s DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, the country’s largest solar PV facility at 25 MW, was commissioned in October 2009 by President Barack Obama.
Later this year, FPL plans to open the world’s first hybrid solar thermal facility to connect to an existing fossil fuel plant, FPL’s Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Indiantown, Fla. It will be the largest of FPL’s solar facilities at 75 MW. In total, FPL’s three solar projects combined are creating more than 1,500 direct jobs and more than 5,000 total jobs for the state during the construction period.