Building and Construction

FPL Taps Blattner and Black & Veatch for Solar

15 March 2017

Florida Power & Light Co. says it selected Blattner Energy and Black & Veatch to build its new solar projects.

Blattner Energy will be the EPC contractor for four 74.5-MW solar power plants targeted for Dec. 31, 2017, completion. The plants are known as FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County; FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam Counties; FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County; and FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County.

Black & Veatch will be the EPC contractor for four 74.5-MW solar power plants targeted for March 1, 2018, completion. Those plants are FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County; FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County; FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County; and FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County. Construction on these sites will be performed by Overland Contracting Inc., a Black & Veatch company.

The utility says the average estimated capital cost across the eight new plants is less than $1,500/kWac.

Black & Veatch previously served as the EPC contractor for the three 74.5-MW FPL solar plants that were recently completed in 2016.

The panels sit 6 to 8 feet high, on racks that fit directly into the soil and do not require any concrete. Once construction is complete, the plants operate without water, fuel, or on-site personnel.

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