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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:00 AM
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FPL Breaks Ground on First Hybrid Solar Plant (75 MW, FL)
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=5...

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced that it has broken ground on its Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, a hybrid solar energy plant and the first utility-scale solar facility in Florida. The 75-megawatt facility marks an important early step in Florida's quest to use more solar energy, the utility said.

"Florida's future growth and economic strength depends on how we address climate change, and we know we can reduce greenhouse gases by using fewer fossil fuels and more natural energy sources like solar," said FLorida Governor Charlie Crist. "This solar facility is a significant step in that direction."

The solar facility will consist of approximately 180,000 mirrors over roughly 500 acres of land at the existing FPL Martin Plant location. As a hybrid solar facility that combines a solar-thermal field with a combined-cycle natural gas power plant, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center will use less fossil fuel when heat from the sun is available to help produce the steam needed to generate electricity.

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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:04 AM
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1. I wish people would quit treating NG like it's OK.
After "clean coal," it's next on my list of memes that ought to be pacified with extreme prejudice.
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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:09 AM
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2. NG has T-Bone behind it. Going to be hard to crush
unfortunately
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:11 AM
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3. So if we deployed these at every gas-fired power plant in the Deep South
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:11 AM by jpak
would we reduce gas consumption for peaking power?

Yup
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:12 AM
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4. Yup. But still, I think you know what I mean.
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